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ASU Herberger Institute School of Dance presents The Dance Annual

The Dance Annual 2010 is March 5–7 at the Paul V. Galvin Playhouse on the ASU Tempe campus

Photo by Tim Trumble

February 17, 2010

The Dance Annual exposes the diverse creative practices supported at the ASU Herberger Institute School of Dance.

The Dance Annual features the work of faculty, alumni, graduate, undergraduate and visiting artists on a variety of platforms. Some of the most captivating work created throughout the 2009–10 season is highlighted in coordination with new works that offer fresh perspectives on the world around us. The evening begins March 5, outside of Paul V. Galvin Playhouse on the ASU Tempe campus, with a dance media showcase in the lobby featuring video work of student artists, and a site-specific work on the Nelson Fine Arts Plaza.

A new work that incorporates students that was created by Ashleigh Leite, visiting artist from the Stephen Petronio Company in New York, premieres at The Dance Annual. Leite created an intense new work with dynamic video projection, startling lighting and extreme technical movement. The prestigious opportunity to work with Leite allows students to develop their professional performance skills, while engaging the creative process of an up-and-coming artist, choreographer and performer.

The Dance Annual also highlights the work of several dance graduate students. To celebrate the power of the individual, Sammy Stephens draws on his first love – hip-hop – in Rite of Liberation. Rebecca A. Ferrell samples 24 hours of television to explore the lingering stereotypes of women in the media in Copy and Paste. In Where are the animals?, Ashley Ramsey uses an intense and passionate duet to examine society’s love of animals and its lust for eating them. Emily Newman worked with her dancers to create Jake?, a comedic piece about the typical, or not so typical "player” of the 21st century.

Many undergraduate works also are featured in The Dance Annual, including Siren, by Celine Cisco, who investigates the extremes of her womanhood in her tango-inspired solo that is choreographed by Carley Conder. Lucio Abruzzi choreographedOver and Over, physicalizing the split-second moment that occurs during a near-death experience when one feels suspended in time. Through a movement-driven duet, Tara Wrobel explores breaking the cycle of monotonous everyday life in How it Begins.

Rounding out The Dance Annual performance lineup are pieces featuring School of Dance alumni and faculty. Mary Fitzgerald, School of Dance professor, examines both the dignity and overwhelming nature of physical labor – complete with 200 pounds of flour – in Toil, a solo set on Melissa Canto, dance alumna. Fellow alumna Jessica Mumford returns to stage a quirky solo on School of Dance senior, Misty West, entitled Fireflies, complete with thousands of kinetic, yellow LEDs.

Paul V. Galvin Playhouse, 51 E. 10th St., ASU Tempe campus

March 5, 6:30 p.m.; March 6, 7:30 p.m.; March 7, 2 p.m.

Tickets are $7–$20. Contact the Herberger Institute Box office at 480.965.6447, or visit:

Public Contact
Sunny Kuo 
ASU Herberger Institute 
School of Dance

The School of Theatre and Film in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University provides a comprehensive range of courses in performance and directing; design and production; new work development; theatre and performance studies; film; and theatre for youth. Its Theatre for Youth program is nationally ranked in the top three and the dramatic writing/playwriting program is ranked 15th among public institutions by U.S.News & World Report. To learn more about the School of Theatre and Film, visit

Media Contact:
Sunny Kuo 
ASU Herberger Institute 
School of Dance