Kent Dance Ensemble to Perform at ACDA National Festival at Kennedy Center

The School of Theatre and Dance is thrilled to announce that members of the Kent Dance Ensemble, under the artistic direction of assistant professor Gregory King, will perform the piece "Aftermath," a work by guest choreographer Catherine Meredith, at the American College Dance Association's National College Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. in June. Kent State University is one of 30 universities chosen to perform. 

The Kent Dance Ensemble will perform at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 8, 2018 as part of Program B.

“The Festival provides a unique opportunity to view the extraordinary work being created in dance in higher education throughout the nation,” says ACDA Executive Director Diane DeFries. “The three distinct programs offer audiences an opportunity to view the next generation of dancers in performance. Dances created by guest artists, faculty, and students highlight the ongoing American tradition of dance as a medium to investigate a wide range of aesthetic, emotional and social issues. With exciting and varied choreography and ferocious dancing by emerging artists, the Festival reflects the vitality of dance across the country.”

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Students and faculty from the Kent State University School of Theatre and Dance attended the American College Dance Association's East-Central Conference March 10-12 at Ohio University where adjudicators chose 3 pieces from more than 40 entries to represent the region at ACDA's National College Festival. The conference's adjudicators – Tiffany Mills, George de la Pena, and Helanius Wilkins – selected "Aftermath" for its "beautifully crafterd choreography, richly layered with an emotionally effecting progression of dramatic development...[that was] passionately performed with dynamic musicality in costuming that effectively extended the movement."

In addition to being chosen to advance to the National College Festival at the Kennedy Center, "Aftermath" was also selected to open the East-Central Conference's closing gala concert.

"Aftermath" will premiered at Kent State April 6-8 during the Kent Dance Ensemble's annual concert, Kent Dance Ensemble: Prime.

Learn More About Kent Dance Ensemble: Prime

About the Kent Dance Ensemble

Under artistic director Gregory King, the company provides a professional atmosphere and structure that prepares its student members to bridge the gap between a college dance experience and working with a professional dance company. KDE produces dance concerts every year, performs at other universities and in neighboring communities, presents lecture/demonstrations at schools in northeastern Ohio, offers movement workshops for all ages and abilities and participates in regional and national dance festivals. The repertory of modern and jazz dance is developed by the company artistic director and by KSU faculty members and invited guest artists. 

Educational residencies bring arts appreciation and educational enhancement to the K-12 schools of the region. Fees are modest and are designed to cover production costs for costumes, lighting, publicity and guest artists; and to support travel expenses and workshop materials for their work on tour.


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POSTED: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 5:41pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 11:04am