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4 Performances March 6-8


AC’s Dance Company (ACDC) is proud to present its 8th annual dance concert which celebrates works by the area’s most recognized choreographers, performed by HCC’s outstanding student and guest artist dancers. .

2014's ACDC Concert will captivate audiences with exciting and inspiring contemporary works by exploring topics including love, vulnerability, turbulence and joy. 
4 Performances - One Weekend Only: March 6 – 8, 2014: Thursday, Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 3:00 p.m and 8:00 p.m.

Choreography by: Valerie Alpert, Renée Brozic Barger, Desirée Koontz-Nachtrieb, Joan Nicholas-Walker, Karen Reedy, Brandon Sinclair,  and Trent Williams, Jr.

Dancers Featured: Morgan Anderson, Antonio Beverly, Raisa Grant, Chelsea Green, Ricki Huff, Lexci Johnson, Alyssa Keating, Erin Lerew, Dominique Lockett, Alexandra Odenwald, Paula Quinteros, Lizzie Ryan, Ada Satterfield, Genevieve Simard, Shamari Taylor

ACDC Creative Team:
Artistic Director:  Renée Brozic Barger
Director:  Joan Nicholas-Walker
Assistant Director:  Trent Williams, Jr.
Rehearsal Director:  Elizabeth Higgins
Stage Management, Production Management:  Alison Andersen
Light Design:  William D' Eugenio
Costume Design:  Kimberly Parkman
Props Coordination:  Darius McKeiver
Assistant Costume Design:  Dorothy Barnes Driggers
Assistant Stage Manager:  Stephanie De Pew
Promotional Photography: Enoch Chan, PhotoArt by Cheri

Tickets:  $15 for general admission; $12 for seniors, military, and groups; and $10 for students with I.D. Available online or via HCC’s Horowitz Center’s Box Office at 443-518-1500. 

Post-Show Discussion: Following Friday’s March 7th 8p.m. performance. Join us for this lively discussion with the cast and creative team!

Note: Parental guidance suggested. Recommended for ages 12 and up.


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ACDC’s 2014 Dance Concert Works include:

Beat Rojo – Choreographed by Valerie Alpert – A highly energetic music visualization work that highlights the fast paced rhythmic acoustic sounds of Rodrigo and Gabriela.

When I Was… – Choreographed by Joan Nicholas-Walker – A work where the soloist takes the audience on a journey through the timeline of her life. 

After Dinner – Choreographed by Renée Brozic Barger –– This ‘silent’ duet alternates bouts of turbulence and tenderness: when the couple finally comes together, their exhausted breathing from the previous battle continues, an aural reminder that wounds from connubial battles never fully go away. Brozic Barger’s compact and tidy duet uses minimal movement to maximum effect. (Paraphrased from Pamela Squires: The Washington Post December 04, 2001 Style, C7)

Evolutive Progressions – Choreographed by Brandon Sinclair – A contemporary work examining the idea of evolution through movement.

In Memory – Choreographed by Karen Reedy – A contemporary duet set to a musical score by Arvo Pärt.  This work explores a complex relationship of longing through rich physicality and luscious movement vocabulary.

sometimes we fail – Choreographed by Trent Williams, Jr. –– An engaging, honest, and vulnerable work inspired by the choreographer’s life experiences.

Facets – Choreographed by Desirée Koontz-Nachtrieb – An emotionally driven contemporary dance piece that seeks to illustrate via movement the emotions of love, frustration, and misery. Additionally, the piece explores the idea that the human psyche can experience these emotions simultaneously.

Four Parts Love – Joan Nicholas-Walker – Popular music comes to the modern dance stage.  Utilizing movement that blurs the line between the modern and jazz styles, this fun dance partners with great love songs from the past.
About the Director:

JOAN NICHOLAS-WALKER began her dance training in Virginia at the age of five.  She has consistently worked as a performer, choreographer, educator and arts administrator.  Nicholas-Walker earned her B.F.A in Dance from George Mason University.  While a student at GMU her choreographic work was selected for American College Dance Festival Association concerts in Michigan, Ohio and in Washington, D.C. at The John F. Kennedy Center.  She was honored to perform the work of Shapiro and Smith, Ann Carlson, Clair Porter and selected for summer study with Twyla Tharp.  Nicholas-Walker attended graduate school on an Enrichment Fellowship and as a Graduate Assistant at The Ohio State University where she earned her M.F.A. in Dance in 1999.  While a student at OSU, she was awarded several grants to support her travel and research of dances in Madagascar.  As a performer, Nicholas-Walker has had the pleasure of performing with D.C. Dance Theater, Even Exchange Dance Theater and performing the work of Liz Lerman, Gesel Mason, Valerie Alpert, Talani Torres and others.  Her choreography has been awarded an NCDA Choreographic Fellowship, selected for the North Carolina Dance Festival Tour, and performed by several college dance programs and professional dance companies.  As an arts administrator, Nicholas-Walker has worked as the Regional Coordinator for the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, the Outreach Coordinator at Howard Community College and the Administrative Director of two dance companies, including her own, NickWalk Dance Project.  As an instructor in higher education, Nicholas-Walker has taught in the dance programs at George Mason University, California State University Long Beach, Meredith College, Community College of Baltimore County, and the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She was selected as a 2013 Inspiring Adjunct at Howard Community College where she is currently the Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Dance. 

About HCC’s Arts Collective: 
Now in its 19th Season, Arts Collective (AC) is a creative force, entirely committed to offering diverse, awe-inspiring works across several genres, including plays, musicals, improvisation, dance and more! Established in 1994, AC is a professionally run organization all about supporting, nurturing and fusing collaborative relationships between all artists, from students to professionals, on and off the stage, to Howard County and beyond.  View AC’s 19th Season line-up:

About HCC’s Dance Program:
The HCC Dance Program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive and diverse education in dance including:  a rigorous and focused education that will prepare the student for transfer into a BA, BS, or BFA program at a four-year college or university; dance faculty dedicated to assessing student progress in order to meet individual needs; master classes taught by locally and internationally renowned guest teachers; and opportunities for performance, including HCC’s Arts Collective Dance Company and student showcases. Contact Renée Brozic Barger at or Joan Nicholas-Walker at for more information.

Tickets from $10 - $15

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Seniors (60+)/Military:$12
Students: $10

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Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044
Approximately 1 hour
(With 1 ten-minute intermission)
Age Restrictions: 12 and up.
Special Effects: n/a
General Admission; yes

Tues-Fri: 12 pm - 6 pm
90 minutes prior to ticketed events
443-518-1500 EXT 0

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