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Fall Appalachian Dance Ensemble Nov. 16-19

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Article Published: Nov. 10, 2011 | Modified: Nov. 19, 2011

Dance icon Martha Graham once said, “Dance is the hidden language of the soul.”

The Department of Theatre and Dance at Appalachian State University presents the Fall Appalachian Dance Ensemble (FADE), hosted in Valborg Theatre Nov. 16 to 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Appalachian’s dance program has grown considerably, compelling another opportunity this fall for students to choreograph and showcase their work. Dance instructor Susan Lutz described FADE as “the performing arm of the dance studies program. It’s where we practice what we teach.”

FADE consists of eight pieces representing a variety of concepts: Jacqui Bryant’s “Satori” expresses feelings of enlightenment in her work.

“Membracid,” by Kasey Lowry, takes the audience to a new strange place inspired by unique insects and other worldly creatures.

Carisa McMillan’s dance, “The Man Hunt,” tells the story of women caught in a cycle of heartbreak as they search for love.

Anna Cox’s choreography, titled “Beauty in Forgiveness,” is about working through challenges that hold people back from who they are meant to be.

“Pulse,” choreographed by Katherine Spangler, represents the separate parts of the body coming together to create a whole.

“Tides,” by Aden Weinert, shows through dance the variable concept of time and perceived pace.
“Goons, Birds, and World Destroyers,” with choreography by Alex Nystrom, explores the wonderment of existence and how a playful outlook becomes warped by the inevitability of human drama and suffering.

“Tenuous Liaisons and Assorted Sundries,” choreographed by faculty member and concert coordinator Laurie Atkins, concludes the concert and is a slightly wacky and humorous reflection on the underside of relationships.

Student ticket prices begin at $6 per person. For more information, visit or call (828) 262-3063.

Valborg Theatre is located on the Howard Street side of Chapell Wilson Hall. The door faces the back of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on King Street. Parking is available after 5 p.m. on campus in faculty lots, the College Street parking deck near Belk Library and the main parking deck on Rivers Street.

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