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Gaining Momentum



Article Published: Jan. 23 | Modified: Jan. 26
Gaining Momentum

From left, students Erin Laverty, Kai Des Etages, Paula Mandarino and Nicole Szymkowicz will perform in ‘Dreams Are My Escape,’ as part of the Momentum Dance Showcase Jan. 24-25 at ASU.

Photo by Natalie Carpenter



The Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance will present the 2014 Momentum Dance Showcase Jan. 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Varsity Gym Dance Studio on campus.

Ticket prices are $5 for students and $7 for adults and are available at the door 30 minutes prior to each performance.

Momentum is a campus-wide student dance organization. The annual dance showcase will feature eight original works choreographed and performed entirely by Appalachian students.

Other movement-based groups on campus, such as Entropy, Pulse, The Swing Dance Club and The Belly Dance Club, are invited to join the production.

“The Momentum Dance Showcase provides a vital link between the training and pedagogy of classes in the dance curriculum and the practical application of that learning, both in the creative process and performance,” said Marianne Adams, chairwoman of the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Adams said that an equally important aspect is the chance for these emerging professional artists to demonstrate the full range of their choreographic and performance abilities, while collaborating with fellow students. “I very much look forward to seeing their hard work come to fruition in performance,” she said.

Choreographers whose works will be featured during the 2014 Momentum Dance Showcase are Maria Cain, Emily Goodall, Nisha Jackson, Raquelle Pollock, Jillian Robinson, Abbey Stuckey, Kira White and Lucy Winesett.

White said, “The Momentum Showcase was the first dance performance I was a part of at Appalachian, and it was a great experience. The club has given me so many awesome opportunities during my time here, and it is really neat to have been a part of both sides of the process of creating dance.”

Varsity Gym is located at 530 Rivers St. Parking for the showcase is available to patrons at any available parking lot or garage on campus after 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and at all times on weekends. Covered parking is located in the River Street Parking Deck, directly across the street from Varsity Gym.

Additional Images

From left, students Erin Laverty, Kai Des Etages, Paula Mandarino and Nicole Szymkowicz will perform in ‘Dreams Are My Escape,’ as part of the Momentum Dance Showcase Jan. 24-25 at ASU.
Photo by Natalie Carpenter

From left, ASU students Kai Des Etages, Marissa Stockstad, Jenna Wells and Jennie Flowers will be featured in an original work, ‘Modest Mischief,’ at the 2014 Momentum Dance Showcase.
Photo by Natalie Carpenter

Elizabeth Huntley will be featured in ‘Chaotic Thoughts,’ choreographed by sophomore dance major Emily Goodall.
Photo by Natalie Carpenter

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