'Changing Lanes' dance concert to feature new choreography

New choreography in modern dance and rhythm tap will highlight “Changing Lanes,” a dance concert by the University Performing Dancers—a pre-professional ensemble—and other students majoring and minoring in dance.

Presented by the School of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies, the concert is set for 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday (Jan. 29-31), plus a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday, in the Eva Marie Saint Theatre in University Hall.

The program will include new works by Dance Program faculty members Kerri Canedy, Colleen Murphy and Tammy Metz Starr, as well as premiere choreography by guest artist Amy Miller, artistic associate of GroundWorks DanceTheatre of Cleveland.

Miller, who trained at the Joffrey Ballet School, is a featured performer and integral choreographer for GroundWorks, having contributed six works to the acclaimed company’s repertory since 2006. Prior to joining GroundWorks in 1998, Miller was a member of the Ohio Ballet for 10 years. She is also currently a faculty member of the Dance Institute at the University of Akron.

In “Changing Lanes,” Miller premieres “Align,” a fast-paced, modern dance piece for 11 dancers. “Align” is the result of a rehearsal in the Dance Program during fall semester, when she led members of the University Performing Dancers in tasks focused on partner interaction, movement development and performance skills.

The concert also presents six faculty works drawing inspiration from a variety of musical sources—hip hop, Balinese gamelan, gypsy punk and Bach cello suites—which lead to continual changes in tone and color from dance to dance. Included in the repertory are an intricate jazz tap percussion work choreographed by Murphy, a 1950s housewife escapade by Canedy and an autumnal fan dance by Starr. All are enhanced by contributions from designers Steve Boone (lighting) and Esther Iverson (costumes), both theatre and film.

Tickets for “Changing Lanes” are $12 for general admission and $6 for seniors and children under 12. For ticket information, call the box office at 2-2719; for information about group rates, contact Starr at 2-8521. Other questions can be directed to Murphy at 2-0225 or Canedy at 2-9521. Free parking is available in Lot A, adjacent to University Hall, for all performances.

January 26, 2009