By Anna Rhodes
The Department of Theater and Dance at Appalachian State University will enter spring with its annual performance of the Spring Appalachian Dance Ensemble (SADE) this month. The show will take place at the Valborg Theater on the university campus at 7 p.m. March 21-24, with a matinee at 2 p.m. on March 25. Tickets are $ 10 for students and $ 17 for adults.
This year’s production features eight original pieces choreographed by professors and students who collectively bring many styles and dance forms to the concert. SADE choreographers include four Appalachian faculty members, three dance students, and national guest artist Teena Marie Custer. All performers are dancers on the university campus.
Custer is a street dance artist, practitioner, and dance teacher at Slippery Rock University where she teaches street dance styles, contemporary dance, and dance composition. She is also on the faculty of the prestigious American Dance Festival at Duke University. Custer fights and performs internationally with his all-female street dance team, Venus Fly, as well as his local Pittsburgh team, Get Down Gang.
SADE Coordinator Cara Hagan, Assistant Professor of Dance Studies at Appalachian, said, “The Spring Appalachian Dance Ensemble is always a great way to put an exclamation mark on the school year for the program. dance studies. The 2018 concert is packed with sensitive, daring, fun, and thoughtful work from our students, faculty, and guest artist.
According to Hagan, the hallmark of SADE is the wide range of styles represented on the program. This year, the public will enjoy classical, modern, jazz, West African and house dance.
“House dance is a social form of dance that originated in the late 1970s and early 1980s in underground clubs in major cities such as Chicago and New York and will be presented with Custer’s piece“ Quake ”, a- she explained. “Teena is well versed in House dancing and brings a unique energy and flair to everything she does.”
Hagan says that Custer’s example of Appalachian dancers, combined with a series of masterclasses given during his on-campus residency, will give students and the community “a glimpse into the rich history of House Dance.” and how she keeps sending ripples. through dance communities and pop culture.
SADE will be performed at the Valborg Theater on the Appalachian Campus, located on the north side of Chapell Wilson Hall on Howard Street in Boone. The entrance to the theater faces the rear of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on King Street. Parking is available after 5:00 p.m. on campus in faculty and staff parking lots and after 5:30 p.m. on the College Street parking deck near the Belk Library and Information Center. The performances will take place on March 21, 22, 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. with a morning on March 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $ 10 for students and $ 17 for adults. For more information on purchasing tickets, call the Schaefer Center box office free of charge at (800) 841-2787, locally (828) 262-4046, visit the box office in person, or go online at theschaefercenter. org / tickets.
About the Department of Theater and Dance
The Department of Theater and Dance is one of the seven departments of the College of Fine and Applied Arts of Appalachia. Its mission is to facilitate transformative experiences for students and audiences, who cultivate compassionate, creative and collaborative communities through theater and dance. The department also offers courses for arts-integrated learning to the general university student body. Its dynamic extracurricular production program provides exemplary theater and dance experiences to students of the department, the university community and the region.
About the Appalachians
Appalachian State University in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina prepares students to lead meaningful lives as global citizens who understand and are committed to taking responsibility for creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience fosters a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, grow holistically, act with passion and purpose, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian is home to approximately 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio, and offers over 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.