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The Emerging Choreographers Showcase Dec. 9 at WIU

December 1, 2017

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MACOMB, IL -- In collaboration with the upcoming Winter DanceWorks performance, The Emerging Choreographers Showcase begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 in Hainline Theatre.

The event is open free to the public.

Mini-University Dance Theatre (Mini-UDT), managed by Dawn Tonkinson and Jacquie Frausto, is a program offered to children from first – twelfth grade. Children get to experience performing in a collegiate level show and they receive a mentor, who helps them become better dancers and build bonds between one another.

Performances planned as part of the showcase include:

• "Wobble People Poles," choreographed by Libby Crawford, is about self-reflection and how we have past selves inside us as we change and grow through life.

• "We See But Don't Speak," choreographed by Frausto, is about political and social issues we are facing. She references abortion, gun violence, immigration, mental health issues and police brutality.

• "Freedom Doesn't Come Free," choreographed by Jenny Shepard, is a tribute to the men and women who fight for our country and their families.

"Home of Happy Feet," choreographed by sophomore musical theatre major Paige Woods," of Heyworth, IL, is about The Savoy Ballroom, which was a popular dance hall in New York City.

• "Jazz Dance Styles," choreographed by Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance Heidi Clemmens, contains material of social dances of the early 1900s, performed by students from the fall semester Jazz II class.

"Warrior," choreographed by senior biology major Aja Phinisee, of Chicago, is about a warrior fears the battle he missed.

For more information about Winter DanceWorks or The Emerging Choreographers Showcase, contact the Department of Theatre & Dance at (309) 298-1543.

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