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FSU's Frostburg Summer Dance Retreat Offers Free Concert, Open Rehearsal

Frostburg State University's Frostburg Summer Dance Retreat will present a "Bare Bones Concert" and open rehearsal on Tuesday, July 31, at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Drama Theatre. The performance is free and open to the public.

The concert gives community members the opportunity to see "behind the scenes" as dancers prepare for performance and work with their rehearsal directors.

Retreat Artistic Director and FSU Associate Professor Dr. Barry Fischer will present students in an open rehearsal of Martha Graham's 1936 ballet, "Steps-in-the-Street." Fischer earned his doctoral dissertation with a reconstruction of this dramatic piece, which was inspired by the tragedy of the Spanish Civil War.

FSDR faculty member Mary Anthony, widely regarded as a leader of the modern dance movement, will present students in selections from her ballet, "Songs." Jennifer Dunning of The New York Times described Anthony's "Songs" as "hauntingly lyrical (with) the emphasis ... on simplicity and an ageless craft."

Guest faculty appearing at the presentation will also include legendary dancer, teacher and choreographer Ethel Winter, one of the Martha Graham Dance Company's most distinguished principal dancers in the 1950s and '60s. Winter continues to teach with major dance companies and schools throughout the United States and Europe. Kenneth Topping and Mario Camacho, both former principal dancers with the Graham Company, will be present as well. Topping is currently the artistic director of the Martha Graham Dance Ensemble, and Camacho teaches at the Rotterdam Dance Academy in the Netherlands.

The FSDR involves nearly 30 students from across the United States and Europe. Students aged 16 to 25 audition to study at the four-week, intensive program, where they work with masters of modern dance, study technique and learn pieces from the modern repertory. Audience members at the "Bare Bones Concert" will see these pre-professional dancers as they prepare for the Retreat gala performance on Aug. 7.

For information regarding the free July 31 concert or the Aug. 7 gala performance, please call (301) 687-3163. FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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