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Dance minors, other students to perform Spring Dance Concert

The first group of Austin Peay State University students pursuing the recently launched dance minor will present the Universitys first Spring Dance Concert.

The concert is scheduled for three performances: 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 30; 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 31; and 2 p.m., Sunday, April 1. All three shows will take place in the Trahern Theater on APSUs main campus.

The cost is $4 for students, $6 for adults, and tickets can be purchased at the Box Office, located in the Music/Mass Communication Building. The first group of Austin Peay State University students pursuing the recently launched dance minor will present the University's first Spring Dance Concert.

The concert is scheduled for three performances: 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 30; 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 31; and 2 p.m., Sunday, April 1. All three shows will take place in the Trahern Theater on APSU's main campus.

The cost is $4 for students, $6 for adults, and tickets can be purchased at the Box Office, located in the Music/Mass Communication Building.
A total of 40 students — many of them dance minors — are involved with the show's production.

Assistant Professor of Dance Marcus Hayes said the concert will have “something for everyone.”

“The students will perform 14 pieces, all of them short, in modern, ballet, tap, jazz,” said Hayes, artistic director and one of the choreographers. “I'm excited about this. The students are nervous, but they're excited, too. This will be a new experience for the campus and community.”

In addition to Hayes, other choreographers are Renee Dempsey, Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva, Betsy Crane, Christa Flanders, Ashley Goliday, Casie Miller, Marvin Nance, Katie Robinson and Blaire Covenry.

Dance is a universal language, Hayes said. However, dance also is like any other discipline, having a set of concepts and theories students must learn.
“They have had to learn about space constraints when working on a stage,” Hayes said. “It's been a learning experience for them.”

The Spring Dance Concert will be an annual tradition for the APSU Department of Theatre and Dance, which offers the University's new minor in theatre or dance. The minor, approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents, began in Fall 2006.

For more information about the concert, contact Hayes by telephone at (931) 221-6371 or by e-mail at hayesma@apsu.edu. -- Melony Leazer