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Lamar University Dance Company presents ‘Dancelation’

Dancelation Spring 2011The Lamar University Department of Theatre & Dance will present its spring concert “Dancelation” at 7:30 p.m. April 7 and 8 in the University Theatre. It will feature a variety of dance styles, including ballet, jazz, modern, tap, musical theatre, improvisation and hip-hop.

The performance opens with “Poetry in Motion,” a dynamic ballet accompanied by a recording of the singer/songwriter Jewell reciting some of her poems. The full evening of dance will also feature music by Michael Buble, the Black Eyed Peas and Adele.

“The choreography that we feature in the concert exposes the audience to a variety of different styles of dance,” said Lou Arrington, visiting instructor of dance. “Our goal is to be entertaining and educational for everyone.”

“Dancelation” includes numbers choreographed by faculty and invited guests as well as students. Guest artists are Angel Goines, Emily Lockhard-Furry and Monica McGowan. Goines, a 2010 Lamar graduate, choreographed a dance titled “Still Coping” that Arrington refers to as “a very powerful piece that deals with grief.”

Dance styles in the concert run the gamut from serious, such as “Still Coping,” to lighthearted and playful, such as “A-Tisket, A-Tasket,” a traditional nursery rhyme dance choreographed by Arrington.

The LU Dance Team will guest-perform in a piece choreographed by Brixey Blankenship, adjunct instructor of dance, and Eric Hoggins, set to Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love.” The dance previews a number from their upcoming burlesque revue "Cabaret de Reves,” on April 29.

Tickets are priced at $10 for general admission; $7 for senior citizens, students and LU faculty/staff; and $5 for LU students.

Performances will be in the University Theatre, 4400 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway on the Lamar campus in Beaumont. Call (409) 880-2250 for reservations and additional information.