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New Danceworks II opens minds to social issues

"Postlude," choreographed by Kristen DeBottis. Dancers: Chelsey Hauk, Alicia Mayer.

Photo courtesy of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

March 09, 2007

TEMPE, Ariz. – ASU Herberger College dance students and faculty premiere the best original choreography from the Herberger College of the Arts during its highly anticipated MainStageNew Danceworks concert series.  New Danceworks II runs March 29 – April 1.

New Danceworks concerts are the best opportunities to see some of the most cutting-edge choreography and dance production created by young artists in the Valley,” says Pegge Vissicaro, interim dance chair.  “Students work on their choreography for months, then must pass a rigorous faculty review before being accepted for the concert.”

Past New Danceworks performers have gone on to start their own dance companies or join other prominent companies in Arizona, New York and beyond.

The March concerts open minds by examining cultural issues through choreography.  Stunning solo and group works inspired by gay and lesbian youth, genocide, Hurricane Katrina and the process of self-discovery are presented by graduate student choreographers Lindsey Bauer, Kristen DeBottis, Natalie King, Sara Parish and visiting artist Cliff Keuter.

MainStage Dance concert tickets are $7-$20 and available through the Herberger College Box Office, 480-965-6447 or online Danceworks II is March 29-31, 7:30 p.m. and April 1, 2 p.m.

The Department of Dance is a division of the Herberger College of the Arts at Arizona State University. Dance Teacher magazine says “the top-notch dance program graduates dancers who aren’t merely accomplished technicians, but critical thinkers and socially conscious advocates of the art form as well.”  To learn more, visit

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