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FSU's Spring Dance Concert Featuring Guest Artists

Frostburg State University Dance Company will present its Spring 2004 Dance Concert "Movin' in Maryland," under the artistic direction of Dr. Barry Fischer, in four performances, Thursday, April 29, through Saturday, May 1, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 2, at 2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Drama Theatre.

Guest choreographer is Jenni Hart, a finalist for the American College Dance Festival Nationals Concert 2004. She has been in residence teaching her whimsical, uplifting new work "grunt, grunt ..." to members of FSU's Dance Company.

Special guest performers are Jumoke Osei Ajanku and Mya Dixon Ajanku, husband and wife members of the Sankofa African Dance Theatre in Baltimore. They will perform traditional African drumming, dancing and a hip-hop duet.

Kari-Ann Lavallee Rocco of The State Ballet of Rhode Island, will also perform a solo piece.

The concert will also feature "Sisters," a new group work by Fischer. The choreography collaborates with original American folk-styled music by Jay Ungar and Molly Mason.

Student dancers from the Frostburg Dance Academy Inc. in Frostburg will perform an original jazz piece and three students from Tari Jo's Dance Studio in Inwood, W.Va., will perform brief original solos. This is the first year the FSU Dance Concert has been open to regional dance schools.

FSU Dance Company members Nicole Willig, Adrienne Raiford and Jimmien Strong, all members of Fischer's Special Topics class, will present works that they have choreographed.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for students and senior citizens. For reservations, call (301) 687-4145.

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:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589