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Gala Dance Concerts to Be Presented at FSU as Part of Mid-Atlantic Regional American College Dance Festival

Gala Dance Concerts to Be Presented at FSU as Part of Mid-Atlantic Regional American College Dance Festival
Richard Move as Martha Graham
On Saturday, March 25, area residents will have the opportunity to see some of the best talents of modern dance in performance at Frostburg State University, including a presentation by "Martha Graham" herself.

Two gala concerts will be presented at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Drama Theatre as capstones of the Mid-Atlantic Regional American College Dance Festival, scheduled for March 21 through 25.

At a time when most FSU students are enjoying spring break, the campus will become a dance mecca for about 500 ACDF participants from 34 universities, including 70 faculty members and three special guest artists. Returning to the Frostburg campus after a successful debut several years ago, the Festival features more than 100 dance classes, workshops, seminars and adjudicating concerts. FSU dance professor Dr. Barry Fischer, who is now serving his second term on the ACDF Board of Directors, is the coordinator for this year's Festival.

The gala concerts will feature the best student works selected through an adjudicating process, along with performances from several well-known dancers/ choreographers. Claire Porter will present her comedic performance art piece, "The Fundraiser." Kenneth Topping of the Martha Graham Dance Company and FSU's Summer Dance Retreat returns to campus for this event. Edie Barnes, chair of the University of Alabama's Department of Dance, will also perform.

A highlight of the concerts will be dance impersonations of Martha Graham, performed by the sensational Richard Move of New York City. His "Martha" has won praise and support from such dance and theatre luminaries as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Merce Cunningham, Meredith Monk and Mark Morris for its inspired combination of intelligence and hilarity. Morris comments, "He's more Martha Graham than Martha Graham was."

Each concert will last about two hours, with a half-hour intermission. Tickets are $15, and will be available at the Performing Arts Center Box Office on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, contact Barry Fischer at (301) 687-4730.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

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