April 3, 2006
For more information, contact: Southwest at (901) 333-4024 or 4116
DANCERS DELIGHT: NATIONAL DANCE WEEK CELEBRATION
Written by Pat O’Brien
Dance Works, Inc., resident school of ballet at Southwest, will host the
18th Annual National Dance Week Celebration in Memphis April 22 and 23
at the Union Avenue Campus Theater. The concert continues a Memphis
tradition inaugurated by the Memphis Dance Alliance in 1987. Worldwide
observance is designed to focus on the values, importance, and numerous
contributions of dance as it touches everyone and is intrinsically woven
into the cultural fiber of human existence.
The performances bring together dancers of all ages, from Downtown to
Germantown. The dance students, their teachers, choreographers and dance
professionals, all with strong backgrounds in a variety of dance idioms,
will come together to celebrate their art form in performances dedicated
to 18th century ballet innovator and dance theorist Jean George Noverre.
His philosophy, Bring love as well as enthusiasm to your art…. To be
successful, the heart must be touched, the soul moved, and the
imagination inflamed, is still upheld in the pursuit of perfection by
Karen Zissoff, executive/artistic director of Dance Works, will host the
celebration. The choreographers and performing groups will include
Elizabeth Anne Brown, Performing Arts of Germantown; Katie Smythe
Thinnes, New Ballet Ensemble; and Tony Austin and Marianne Bell,
Project: Motion. Free lance Memphis choreographers participating include
Sandy Baldwin, Noelia Garcia Carmona, Kevin Guy, Christopher Roberts,
Sharona Rubinstein, and Dennis Spaight; and Matthew Keefe of
Local musicians include Lyn Joyner, accompanist for a Chopin and a Bach
piece; and Tony Thomas, keyboard and Scott Thompson, trumpet, musicians
for a Charles Mingus piece.
The theater lobby will be graced by water colors, representing nine
years of dance poster celebrations, by painter-sculptor Don Allen, as
well as a poster by Denise Rhodes. Both specialize in painting dancers
and other performers. This year’s poster, created by Angela Goodman, is
a collage of dancers in various poses. It will be shown, along with
Jimpsie Ayres’ paintings of various Memphis dancers.
Tickets for the performances are $10 for adults and $6 for students with
ID, and are available in advance. Church and school rates are also
available. For information, call (901) 333-5174.