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DATE: April 9, 2002
CONTACT: Calvin Burns, (901) 333-5338 or Marilyn Duncan, (901) 333-4247

Dance Works, Inc., Sets Open House Performance at Southwest

Dance Works, Inc., a classical ballet company based at Southwest Tennessee Community College (Southwest), will present an Open House Performance in May. This cultural outreach initiative is set for 7 p.m., Friday, May 17, at Southwest's Union Avenue Campus Theater, 737 Union Avenue, at Manassas. Tickets are $6, and the performance is open to the public.

Karen Zissoff, the executive and artistic director for Dance Works, Inc., said the program will feature students from her company. They will perform selected pieces of classical ballet choreographed by Zissoff and guest choreographers, Vera Stephenson and Francisca Filleul.

This impressive production will also showcase the talents of pianists, Lyn Joyner, Blair Seymour, Lee Ann Jones, and Matthew Sutton; synthesist, Tony Thomas; and trumpeter, Scott Thompson.

Selections for this classical dance presentation will include excerpts from Dance of the Hours, Soft As Nails, and Paquita. Other pieces will include ballet, national character dance from Russia and Hungary, and Free Movement.

Founded in 1987 by Zissoff, Dance Works, Inc., is housed in Southwest's Fine Arts, Languages and Literature Department. The company offers dance instructions for both females and males. This unique curriculum targets students ages 4 to 18. It has a broad ballet base and includes creative and contemporary dance as well as Pointe, Character and Limbering instruction.

In addition, Dance Works, Inc., incorporates all segments of the Memphis community in its dance program that encompasses such dance forms as ballet, modern, jazz, and African. To ensure diversity in its presentations, the company also collaborates with local and international musicians.

For ticket information and class schedules for Dance Works, Inc., call Southwest at (901) 333-5174.

Southwest Tennessee Community College is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution.