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Dancing on a Dime at KSU

Posted Nov, 17, 2009

Dance Faculty Present World Premiers

Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance will present new choreography by dance faculty members and performed by dance majors and minors on Dec. 4-6.  “Dance ’09: Dancing on a Dime” will be presented at 8 p.m. on Dec. 4 and 5 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6 in E. Turner Stump Theatre in Kent State University’s Music and Speech Center.  Ticket prices range from $8 to $16 and may be reserved with credit cards by calling the Box Office at 330-672-2497 or through

Modern Dance and Jazz works by Kimberly Karpanty, Erin LaSala, Joan Meggitt, Darwin Prioleau, Judith Peck Richner, Andrea Shearer and Barbara Allegra Verlezza will be featured along with “Temazcal,” a musical work by Javier Alvarez that integrates pre-recorded music and live performance on maracas by Bill Sallak, the dance music director. 

The theatre is located on the corner of Theatre Drive off Horning Road in Kent.  Ample free parking is available and the theatre is fully accessible.

Dances Consider the Economy
Barbara Allegra Verlezza’s “News Blues” uses energetic music from the 1930s and 40s to evoke images of newsboys selling their wares on street corners.  “Prospect and Refuge: Stray” by Antaeus Dance Company’s Artistic Director Joan Meggitt examines the concept of “risk vs. safety” and is set to an original score by Bill Sallak, while Kim Karpanty’s “WAKE” explores dream and waking states, and includes appearances by the “monster under the bed.”

They will be joined by Erin LaSala’s family story from “64-19 Metropolitan Avenue,” and Judith Peck Richner’s “We Three,” a trio for three women set to a traditional carol. Andrea Shearer’s “TBD” will invite the audience to provide additional musical accompaniment to that provided by Bill Sallak.

Traditionally used as a catharsis for hurt and anxiety the blues are source material for former Dance Coordinator Darwin Prioleau’s “Beggar for the Blues” which features a cast of four talented soloists.

A Joint Effort
Dance ’09 is a collaboration between faculty and students in the Dance and Theatre Divisions and involves more than 75 dancers, designers, faculty members, crew members and staff.  The concert will be hosted by Chuck Richie, associate professor of theatre, who will provide background information and insights about each piece prior to its performance.


Media Contact: Effie Tsengas,, 330-672-8398