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AACC Dance Company Performs 'Spring Migration'

April 16, 2010

        Make plans now to attend the dynamic, entertaining “Spring Migration” performance of the Anne Arundel Community College Dance Company at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 7 and 8, in the Pascal Center for Performing Arts on the Arnold campus.

        Company artistic director Lynda P. Fitzgerald has choreographed two full company pieces for this performance, one of which received enthusiastic praise from judges at the recent American College Dance Festival in Virginia. “We’re Back!” (set to the music of Mozart) was described by the three adjudicators as compelling, witty and performed with intelligent humor.

        The second full-company piece, “Transposing Motion,” premieres at the concert and explores how movement is transposed from arms to legs and through the body.

        Company members choreographed the remaining pieces in the concert. “Fantasmagoria” is a fast-paced, intense group piece choreographed by Leah Smearman (Arnold). A trio of students choreographed the all-male group piece “After Hours:” dance company president Anwar Thomas (Severna Park), Sam Boquist (Arnold) and Shane McCauley (Brandywine).

        “Elation,” choreographed by Shalyce Hemby (Cheverly), is an infectious, wildly creative celebration set to music from “Slumdog Millionaire.” This piece was adjudicated at the American College Dance Festival and was described by judges as being “like the United Nations of Dance.”

        Other student works include a duet by Smearman and Leonard Williams (Glen Burnie), a second all-male dance piece by Leonard Williams, a fun group piece by Andre Hinds (Severna Park), a duet by Kristy House (Davidsonville) and Lauren DiGiacomo (Arnold), a contemporary solo by Kelsey Garrett (Severn) and a solo by Brittany Kidwell (Laurel).

        Ticket sales are under way. Call the AACC theater box office at 410-777-2457, e-mail or stop by between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays for tickets. Prices are $7 for students with valid AACC student ID; $10 for AACC faculty, staff, senior citizens and students other than AACC students and $15 for the general public.

        The Arnold campus is at 101 College Parkway. Call Disability Support Services, 410-777-2306 or Maryland Relay 711, 72 hours in advance to request most accommodations.

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