ADE returns to Farthing

Article Published: Mar. 17, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
ADE returns to Farthing

Appalachian Dance Ensemble performs March 23-26 at Farthing Auditorium.

Photo by Steve Clarke

They'll spin, crawl and leap their way across the stage.

It's Appalachian Dance Ensemble, an Appalachian State University tradition, and a way to show off an accomplished dance program.

"There are four student choreographed pieces and there faculty works," assistant dance professor Laurie Atkins said. "We have a really diverse array of dances."

And each piece makes its world premiere on the Farthing stage.

"Quest to Joy," choreographed by student Donna Wike, promises to explore the process of one finding joy in the midst of healing.

"The Fine Print," choreographed by student Jordan Bentz, is about the need to please, inspired by ASU artist Jake McNeal.

"Two Feet," choreographed by student Aden Weinert, explores the process of independence and finding balance within one's self.

"Volver a Ver," choreographed by student Justina Brinkley, is a personal story of recovery.

"Everybody's a Player," choreographed by dance faculty member Emily Daughtridge, is completely different, a whimsical take on romantic relationships through football metaphors.

But it's not just about the pieces. It's about what they represent: The success of ASU's growing dance major. "It's really been successful," Atkins said.

It's success you can experience firsthand.

"Dance offers a viewing experience that I think helps the audience really cultivate their imaginations," Atkins said. "They can have ideas about what they are seeing that are different from the choreographers', and that's a really fun thing to be a part of. I think it's a really great thing to bring families to. It's just really exciting to see dancers moving on stage."

See for yourself at Farthing Auditorium at the Appalachian State University campus March 23-26 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available at the Farthing Box Office by calling (828) 262-4046.

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