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Honors students gives Graduating Presentation in Dance

March 26, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University senior Kristen Legg will present her Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduating Presentation in Dance in solo performances April 6 and 7.

Performances begin at 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, in Dance Studio B, third floor, Dalton Center. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Doors open one half-hour prior to each performance.

Solo presentations for graduating seniors are rare. More typically, graduating seniors combine their efforts in groups of two or three students.

Legg has choreographed three new group works for her Graduating Presentation in Dance. She has
created a piece using excerpts from Brahms' String Sextet No. 1 in B Flat Major, which gives an elegant portrayal of the joy of dancing. The movement works to show the contrast between soft spirals and jagged lines. Legg has also created a study combining dance and humor. For this piece, Legg developed the choreography with the help of her dancers. For her third piece, Legg collaborated with WMU jazz piano major Dan Kramlich to create a satiric number titled, "Pants: The Musical."

Legg is also including works by two of her mentors, department chair Nina Nelson and former co-worker, Erika Randall. Nelson has created a solo for Legg using a bowling ball and the music of Elvis Presley. Randall, a graduate student at Ohio State University, has created "Wallflower's Last Call" for Legg. Randall is also performing in her work, "Humiliation, Loneliness, and Delilah" with Legg.

The April 6-7 concerts are the culmination of Legg's Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance and also serve as her thesis for the Lee Honors College. She has received funding from both the Lee Honors College and the Undergraduate Entrepreneurial Program through the College of Fine Arts.

For more information call the Department of Dance at 269 387-5830.

Media contact: Trudy Cobb, 269 387-5834, trudy.cobb@wmich.edu

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