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Howard Community College Dance Company Perform April 21 - 24

Concert to Feature Choreography by Faculty and Guest Artists Performed By Students, Alumni

Columbia, MD – Continuing the tradition of bringing compelling and powerful dance to the greater Baltimore region, the Howard Community College Dance Company will present its annual concert in four performances April 21 - 24 at the college's Smith Theatre, located within the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center. In this captivating and diverse concert, the company will feature modern and hip-hop dance styles while exploring the emotions surrounding dreams, relationships, and current social issues. 

The concert showcases the work of female choreographers -- dance faculty members Elizabeth Higgins, Desiree Koontz-Nachtrieb, Alexandra J. Krebs, Ama Law, and Joan Nicholas-Walker, and Washington, DC-based guest choreographer Adrienne Clancy -- in honor of the Horowitz Center's year-long emphasis on women in the arts. 

The concert includes the work "Driven (by the female heartbeat)," which is a modern quartet that explores the many roles and archetypes embodied by women in contemporary society. Choreographed by Dr. Clancy, this work was originally performed by the ClancyWorks Dance Company and received recognition as a 2011 Metro DC Dance award finalist for outstanding new work. Sarah Kaufman of the Washington Post wrote, "...there were welcome surprises... notable was the layered aspects of female bonding... ."

Alexandra J. Krebs premieres "Sink or Swim," a comedic trio that brings light-hearted playfulness to the issue of body image. Popular hip hop choreographer Ama Law presents her new work, "Supa Dupa Fly," which is a high-energy study in music visualization. Joan Nicholas-Walker's "Forget What You Came Here For" is an emotionally moving, contemporary ensemble work that represents the plight of refugees. 

Additional works that are being performed are: "At the Table," a physically challenging romp to lively Greek music by Elizabeth Higgins; "Here and Now," a trio by Desiree Koontz-Nactrieb; and sextet "The Second Day" by Nicholas-Walker. 

Performances: One weekend only - April 21-24; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. There will be a post-show discussion on Friday, April 22, after the 8 p.m. performance. 

Tickets: $15 for general admission; $12 for seniors, military, and groups; and $10 for students with student ID. 

To purchase tickets, visit or call 443-518-1500.

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

HCC Dance Company creative and production team
Artistic Director: Joan Nicholas-Walker
Assistant Director: Elizabeth Higgins
Stage Management: Alison Anderson
Light Design: Kristin Thompson
Costume Design: Nicole Y. McClam
Photography: Paul Goeth, Hank Wang of City Digital Photography

Lindey Allen, Morgan Anderson, Madison Bramley, Victoria Farnsworth, Niyah Ellis-Harris, Lexci Johnson, Kareem Mack, Alexia Petasis, Ciarra Phillip, Aria Rucker, Genevieve Simard, Jason Smith, Bria White, Teresa Whittemore, Yanira Zamorano, Audrey Zwyiolek

High-resolution images are available upon request. 

About the Dance Program
The Howard Community College dance program provides students with a comprehensive education that prepares them for transfer into a bachelor's degree program at a four-year college or university. Dance faculty are dedicated to students, assessing their progress and meeting their needs. The program offers master classes taught by locally and internationally renowned artists and opportunities for students to perform, including the Dance Company concert and the Dance Student Showcase. 

Topics: Arts & Culture
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