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UCDC Fall Concert Presents Original Work by Guest Faculty Artists and Students

Performances are in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center November 15-17 at 7:30 p.m. 

Produced by Associate Professor of Dance Jeanine McCain, the UCDC Fall Concert will present new works by faculty guest artists Joshua Polk and Dana Powers-Klooster; senior dance majors Donnay Burden ’19 and Jenna Endy ’19; and the special addition of a professional company in residence, Philadelphia’s own Hood Nation.

Continuing a tradition to support the work of students alongside faculty and professional pieces, Ursinus seniors Endy and Burden are both presenting original works in the concert. Endy is a dance and health and exercise physiology major and is captain of the women’s soccer team and Ursinus College Dance Team. Her piece, La Strada, is inspired by a college student’s journey of self discovery.

Burden is a senior dance major, captain of the Seismic Step Dance Team and was the first recipient of the Ursinus College Dance Scholarship. His piece is a solo that explores a journey of various stages of mental health. Both of the student pieces are part of an independent study course in the dance program and are excerpts of a larger choreographic work that will be presented as part of the Celebration of Student Achievement (CoSA) in the spring.

Faculty guest artist Dana Powers-Klooster returns for a second semester to work with Ursinus students. Her modern piece explores perception and the ways in which it influences what we choose to reveal and conceal about our true selves. It asks the question, “How do we find the courage to bare our full truths?” Powers-Klooster received her master’s degree from the University of Iowa in 2014 and since coming to the Philadelphia area, her choreography has been presented at InHale performance Series, the ETC Performance Series, the Koresh Artist Showcase, and more. She is on the faculty at Bryn Mawr College and Stockton University, along with Ursinus.

Fresh from a performance on Broadway last summer with Rennie Harris Puremovement, faculty guest artist Joshua Polk presents a journey of hip hop movement through the era of the 1970s. Polk has graced the stages of the Victory Theater in New York City, the African American Museum of Philadelphia and is a consistent performer at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J. Polk is also one of the directors of Hood Nation, UCDC’s professional company in residence for the fall concert.

Hood Nation is a professional company based in the Philadelphia area that is dedicated to the preservation of Hip Hop culture through educational programs and stage performances. Their piece, Detour, was received with a standing ovation at the renowned Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts last summer. Burden and Endy have been chosen to perform alongside the company for a section of the piece, which is a modern interpretation of The Wizard of Oz. Hood Nation was established in 2016 by Face Da Phlave Entertainment and is a synergy of professional dancers from all around the globe, with artists from America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

The dancers of UCDC will be brought to life by the work of professional designers from the Philadelphia area. Shannon Zura, lighting designer, and Millie Hiibel, costume designer, are collaborating with the choreographers to present a vibrant world of performance. Zura has done the lighting design for several UCDC concerts, and Hiibel’s costumes were last seen in the Ursinus theater production Radium Girls.

Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased online at ursinus.edu/tickets and they will be available at the box office before the show. For inquiries, please contact boxoffice@ursinus.edu or (610) 409-3030. —By Taylor Manferdini ’13