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GCU Students Spring into Dance at Strand Dance Concert

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Dance Students to Present Spring Dance Concert Featuring Faculty and Guest Artist Choreography

The Department of Dance at Georgian Court University has always been proud of their ability to offer three faculty-led ensembles a semester, as well as host distinguished guests who choreograph original or repertory works for GCU students, and this year’s annual Spring Dance Concert on Friday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m., demonstrates that success. The concert, held at The Strand at 400 Clifton Avenue in downtown Lakewood, is free to all, and no reservations are required.

According to Silvana Cardell, chair of the Department of Dance, this year’s spring dance concert will be dedicated to Trisha Brown (1936–2017), one of the most acclaimed and influential American dance innovators, who founded the Trisha Brown Dance Company (TBDC) in 1970. Upon her death in March at the age of 80, TBDC’s resident scholar, Susan Rosenberg, wrote that Ms. Brown was “the creator of over 100 choreographies, six operas, and a graphic artist” and that her “movement vocabulary, and the new methods that she and her dancers adopted to train their bodies, remain one of her most pervasively impactful legacies within international dance practice.”

“I’d like to invite all lovers and supporters of the dance community to this spring’s performance,” says Ms. Cardell, who notes that in addition to five faculty-choreographed pieces, the dance concert will also features dances by guest choreographers Randy James and Alex Biegelson of Ten Hairy Legs; GCU alumna Titilayo Majoyeogbe ’14 of T.MAJ Dance Company; and Sidra Bell of Sidra Bell Dance New York.

“The dances feature a variety of styles, from ballet to contemporary,” says Ms. Cardell. “The Department of Dance would love to fill the historic Strand Theater to celebrate the hard work and dedication of the faculty, guest artists, and more than two dozen GCU dance students.”

For more information, please contact Silvana Cardell at 732-987-2170 or fpneqryy@trbetvna.rqh.

Story contributed by Lindsay Donohue ’16, who graduated in December with a B.A. in English and Education (K-12).

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About Georgian Court University

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 2,200 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 14 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by Money.com and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates also make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at HazletGCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.

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