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Dancers will take the stage at Lake Erie College

The Dance Department at Lake Erie College will present the annual Spring Dance Concert on Thursday, April 22 and Friday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the C.K. Rickel Theatre in the Fine Arts Building.

The concert will highlight students of the dance department and will feature original works choreographed and performed by senior BFA candidate Lauren Boucher and dance faculty members Lisa DeCato, Chris DiCello and Howard Washington II. The event will also feature dance majors Stephanie Kilper and Maggie Runyon, with additional works created by guest artists Travis Gatling and Habib Iddrisu.

BFA candidate Lauren Boucher will perform in Painting Perspectives, which she created. It is a multi-media work including dance, original text and video projections. Inspired by the artwork of abstract impressionist Wassily Kandinsky, Boucher interviewed several College students and faculty and recorded their impressions of Kandinsky’s Composition IV. Their responses formed the structure of a dance that explores the metaphor of changing perspectives through a series of compelling vignettes composed of movement, stories and vivid visual manipulations of the painting.

Master drummer/dancer Habib Iddrisu is a perennial favorite of the College community. As an artist-in-residence in spring 2008, Iddrisu has returned this semester to teach a series of “standing room only” master classes and to set a celebratory West African drumming/dancing piece on master class participants.

Iddrisu also taught Kumpo, a traditional dance from Cassamance, Senegal, to master class participants. Fourteen dancers, including Lake Erie students and alumnae and interested community members, took up the challenge to perform this tour-de-force of excitement and energy.

In fall 2006, guest artist Travis Gatling offered a week-long residency at Lake Erie during which he taught master classes in African/Contemporary Dance Fusion and set Abandoned, a contemporary group work that explores loss through a series of simple and powerful movement images. Abandoned has been restaged for performance this spring.

The College faculty members Lisa DeCato and Chris DiCello handed down their 1999 work on an energized and humorous dance, DreamSpeak, to a group of Lake Erie College dancers. DreamSpeak is based on the dreams of the cast members and developed through improvisational activities.

The concert will also utilize the exceptional talents of dancer/choreographer Howard Washington II, a 2008 Lake Erie College graduate and current dance faculty member. Washington will perform with his students in The Show, a high-octane exploration of the latest in Hip-Hop style that he created to showcase the individual personalities of his dancers.

In addition, dance majors Stephanie Kilper and Maggie Runyun will each perform original solo works. Kilper’s solo, I Wish for Once, was inspired by an anonymous child’s message retrieved from a wishing well. She illustrates the child’s desire to be happy through a series of movement phrases and digitally-manipulated images of that wish.

Runyon wanted to bring together her love of dance and her interest in American Sign Language. She created Keep Breathing from the ASL translation of the lyrics to a song by Ingrid Michaelson. The message of the dance is taken from the lyrics, “Sometimes we want to change the world, but all we can do is keep breathing.”

Admission is free for the Lake Erie College community. General admission is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students and seniors. For more information, or to reserve tickets, contact Chris DiCello at or call 440.375.7450.

Lake Erie College, located in Painesville, Ohio, currently serves more than 1,200 students. Founded in 1856, Lake Erie is an independent, liberal arts institution that challenges its students to "get in and stand out" in academics, athletics and student activities. The College offers 35 undergraduate majors and graduate programs and the option to design an individualized major to fit career and academic goals. Lake Erie's innovative learning experiences focus on helping students to meet career and life challenges, preparing for a world that is increasingly interdependent.


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