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School of Dance presents Graduate Project Presentations

March 15, 2011

Graduate Project Presentations, a self-produced performance featuring original works by current MFA students in the School of Dance, will be presented at 7:30 p.m., March 30-31, on the ASU Tempe campus.

New works and works-in-progress by choreographers Karryn Allen, Randi L. Frost, Rebecca Blair Hillerby, Amanda Ling, Britta Joy Peterson, Emily Spranger and Whitney Waugh are highlighted during the event.

The evening begins with "From… To… With (work in progress)," choreographed by Randi L. Frost. This piece is an offshoot of Randi's thesis work produced in the fall 2010 semester. It is a self-exploration of what it means to journey and move forward.

"Pieces" is presented by Rebecca Blair Hillerby and is inspired by the contemporary ballet style of movement. "Crumbs pushed into a pile and brushed" is a duet created by Amanda Ling in collaboration with Ivory Myers. "Render in Reverse" is a duet created by Whitney Waugh with a focus on the creative process. This piece is viewed in the round with the audience invited on stage around the dancers. Britta Petterson’s "Oh the Places We Go" is a work that focuses on the medium of the body to take the audience on a journey through the minds of others and their own.

"Story: Scene One" is a work in progress and eventually will be part of Karryn Allen’s MFA thesis project presentation. The piece is inspired by fantasy world narratives and is created with creative input from all of the dancers. "Finding Perspective" is a duet created in collaboration between Karryn Allen and Kathryn Ullom. It is a light-hearted with an overarching theme but an eclectic movement style.

The evening concludes with "Integrity of Breath." Shaped by Emily N. Spranger and all the dancers, the work was meant at first simply just as fun, but has now developed its own character and is a movement bound piece.

The performance will take place at the Margaret Gisolo Dance Studio, located at 611 E. Orange St., in the Physical Education Building East, room 132, on the ASU Tempe campus.

Admission is free. Tickets are required and are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis each performance night at 6:30 p.m., in the Physical Education Building East lobby. Only one ticket is issued per person.

The School of Dance is a division of the Herberger Institute for Design and 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 about the School of Dance, visit

Sunny Kuo,
School of Dance