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Local Dancers Have Opportunity to Study Dance This Summer at FSU

Local dancers will have an exciting opportunity this summer to study dance with renowned teachers from New York City's Martha Graham Dance Company. For the second year, Frostburg State University will host the four-week intensive Frostburg Summer Dance Retreat July 11 to Aug. 7 on the FSU campus.

Directed by FSU Associate Professor Dr. Barry Fischer, the Retreat is open to dancers aged 15 to 25 who will study with notable choreographers and master teachers from the world of professional dance. Although no previous study of modern dance is required, applicants should have some previous study of other dance techniques such as ballet or jazz.

Thorough and intensive, the Retreat curriculum will include classes in Graham-based technique, ballet, Afro-jazz, composition and yoga.

Students attend at least three classes daily, Monday through Friday, and prepare to appear in a public gala performance in FSU's Performing Arts Center Drama Theatre on Tuesday, Aug. 7.

Local students will work alongside dancers from across the country who have auditioned to attend the Retreat. Approximately 25 students from as far away as California and Washington will come to Frostburg for the four-week program. Students from Western Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania will be eligible to attend for a discounted tuition of $500.

The faculty coming to Frostburg from New York City includes some of the most recognized names in the professional dance world. Included among the 2001 faculty are two American dance legends. Mary Anthony, whose New York company the Mary Anthony Dance Theatre is among the country's oldest dance troupes, has been hailed by The New York Times as having, "a notable role in establishing the technical and stylistic qualities to be found in dance today." Ethel Winter, a faculty member of the Juilliard School, was a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company from 1944 to 1969. She is considered to be one of the great modern dancers and teachers of her generation.

The artistic director of the Martha Graham Dance Ensemble, Kenneth Topping returns to the Frostburg Retreat for his second year, as does Mario Camacho from the Rotterdam Dance Academy in Holland. Both Topping and Camacho were principal dancers with the Graham Company in the 1980s and early 1990s. Other faculty members will be announced.

Application deadline is Friday, June 8. For more information about the Frostburg Summer Dance Retreat, dancers may refer to the FSDR Web site at or contact Susan Manger, Retreat Coordinator, at (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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