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Dance majors give graduating performances

March 23, 2009

KALAMAZOO--The senior Bachelor of Fine Arts dance majors at Western Michigan University Jessie Cosentino, Sarah Rabbers and Tercell Waters will present their Graduating Presentation Concert, titled 6X6, in Dance Studio B of the Dalton Center Friday through Sunday, April 3-5.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $3 general admission and may only be purchased at the door prior to each performance.

The concert will be an evening of six world premiere works from newly established and up-and-coming choreographers. The evening will feature three new and innovative pieces choreographed by the seniors as well as three new solo works perfomed by them, choreographed by guest artists Derrick A. Evans, Eugene Peabody, and the collaborative duo of Karlo Familara and Angelina Grima.

The solo performances were supported by WMU Partners in Dance and Orchesis Dance Society.

Sarah Rabbers is taking a step out of bounds with her work. The original music composition by Adam Schumaker will be played live at each of the performances by a guitarist, pianist, and a French horn player from the School of Music. Rabbers work combines the athleticism found in modern dance and her balletic background. Her piece explores family, intimacy, and the human need for love. The piece illustrates love's ability to reshape a life.

Jessie Cosentino's newest work will be based on her personal, innovative style of movement. Cosentino came to WMU as a trained hip hop dancer, and after finding a love for modern dance, has worked to combine the two into genuinely unique choreography. Her GP work will pull from her real life experiences, J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, and other sources of her research and will include the use of props, extensive makeup designs and special effects.

Tercell Waters' final piece as a student at WMU will focus on, and pay homage to, all those who have influenced and helped him along his journey. Finding inspiration in letters from loved ones at home, cards, e-mails, text messages and even post it notes, Waters' work will focus on how these objects represent the most important relationships in his life. He is developing his own use of styles that innovatively mix "gooey" and "wormy" looking movement and intertwines them with long, balletic lines.

For more information, contact Tercell Waters at tercell.l.waters@wmich.edu or (419) 496-6896.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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