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April 16, 2007

Contact: Contact: Mike Emery
713.743.8186 (office)
713.415.6551 (pager)


Warmer weather tends to bring spring fever, but around this time of year, the University of Houston gets dance fever.

UH’s annual Faculty Dance Concert begins a three-show run at 8 p.m. Friday, April 20, at UH’s Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre. Titled “Funny Dances,” the concert will feature the works of UH’s dance faculty and other choreographers.

  • Becky Valls, UH dance instructor, will revisit “On the Wing,” which was featured in the recent “Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance” at Miller Outdoor Theatre.
  • Karen Stokes, UH director of dance, presents “Shall We?” – a humorous look at the trepidation experienced by couples headed toward marriage.
  • Sophia Torres, artistic director of Psophonia Dance Company, presents an original work exploring why seemingly ordinary people take drastic actions that have devastating consequences.
  • Leslie Scates, Houston’s leading creator of improvisational works, presents “12for13,” performed by ENSEMBLE, UH’s performing, repertory company.
  • Kelly Knox, a native Houstonian and visiting choreographer from Bucknell University, presents a new piece set to music by Blue Man Group and performed by the women of ENSEMBLE.
  • Teresa Chapman, UH dance instructor, presents “Shift,” performed by an-male trio and “Just Another Day,” a new dramatic work featuring superheroes

This event is open to the public. Tickets are $8 if purchased in advance and $10 at the door. To reach the box office, call 713-743-2929.

WHAT: “Funny Dances”
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, April 20 – Saturday, April 21; 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22
WHERE: Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at UH
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WHO: University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance

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