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April 27, 2012

Dancers set to take stage for concert

MILLEDGEVILLE — A former instructor, a former Alvin Ailey Dancer and students will join a re-enactment of a ballet first performed in 1845 in Paris by four famous dancers as part of the annual dance minor concert.

The Georgia College Department of Theatre and Dance will present the 2012 Spring Dance Minor Concert Saturday and Sunday at the historic Russell Auditorium. Dance instructor Amelia Pelton said the concert will feature notable performances that will inspire and involve the audience.

The department’s 14th concert will feature many student choreographers and welcome guest artists, both co-directors at the Atlanta City Gate Dance Theatre.

Former GC dance instructor Jennifer Mason, and her husband and former Alvin Ailey dancer Robert, will perform “Spring Waters” and “Carmina Burana.”

A ballet that premiered in Paris in 1845 that featured four ballerinas will also be presented.

The “Pas de Qatre” grouped Lucile Grahn, Carlotta Grisi, Fanny Cerrito and Marie Taglioni, the four most popular ballerinas at the time, into a dance engaging all their individual strengths. Pelton said the students playing the roles, Julia Richardson, Laura Elizabeth Martin, Morgan Henry and Hailey Powell respectively, have practiced for months in preparation for the complex dance.

In addition, a new dance piece by instructor Julie Mulvihill will move through the audience after starting on the front lawn at Russell with a newly built sculpture and onto the stage. Other dance minor students will present choreography in dance genres including modern dance and tap dance.

In all, 40 students — all dance minors at Georgia College — will take the stage to perform different works, including work from six student choreographers.

The concert will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29 at Russell Auditorium. Ticket prices are $12 for the general public, $8 for senior citizens, GC faculty and staff and non-GC students and $5 for GC students with valid ID. Group discounts are available. Call the theatre office at (478) 445-4226 for details or visit online at www.gcsutickets.com.

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