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ASU Herberger Mainstage Dance presents New Danceworks II – a special Dance Arizona Repertory Theatre (DART) presentation, March 4-7

Children from the Herrera School for the Arts perform with ASU dance students for the ASU Herberger Mainstage Dance concert, New Danceworks II – a special DART presentation, March 4-7. Photo by Tim Trumble.

Photo courtesy of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

February 18, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. – The ASU Department of Dance will present a concert of innovative choreography that emphasizes themes of community, multiculturalism and spirituality during New Danceworks II – a special DART presentation, March 4-7. Graduate dance students Rayn Hookala and Liz Young, and guest artists Marlies Yearby, Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner and Fred Darsow will set new choreography on the entire DART company of ASU dancers. DART is the Herberger College of Fine Arts community partnership program that pairs ASU dance students with professional choreographers and local school children to create choreography and present concerts.

Yearby is a Tony nominated choreographer who recently worked at ASU with the DART company and children from the Herrera School for the Arts in Phoenix. Together, the group choreographed a new dance which the children will perform at the DART community concert on Feb. 29. Yearby’s residence in January was funded by a National College Choreography Initiative grant from Dance/USA. For the New Danceworks II concert, her choreography will be set on twenty-seven Herrera and DART students.

Gutierrez-Garner, a recent recipient of a fellowship from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, created a passionate piece based on her Mexican-American heritage. Solo Tu is a large ensemble work involving the entire DART company.

Fred Darsow’s choreography beautifully unites elements of flamenco with postmodern dance. Darsow directs his own company, Fred Darsow Dance, and has been presenting work in New York City since the 1980’s.

WHEN: March 4, 5, 6 at 7:30 p.m.; March 7 at 2 p.m. 
WHERE: Dance Theatre, PE East 132, 551 E. Orange St., on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe
TICKETS: $14 adults; $12 seniors, faculty, staff and ASU alumni; $5 students. Buy-one, Get-one free on the first Friday of any Mainstage production.
INFORMATION: 480-965-6447

The Department of Dance in the ASU Herberger College of Fine Arts is nationally ranked in the top 10 by Dance Teacher magazine. Its graduate program is ranked fifth and its undergraduate program is ranked ninth. The ARCO Performance Arts College Guide calls the department one of the “most highly recommended programs” in the country. To learn more about the Department of Dance, visit

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