Dance Program to Present the Faculty and Guest Artist Concert

For more information, contact Barb Steadman - 843.857.4199

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Feb. 26, 2013 – The Coker College Dance Program will present the Annual Faculty and Guest Artist Dance Concert Feb. 28 through March 2 in the Watson Theater of the Elizabeth Boatwright Performing Arts Center. The program begins each night at 7:30 p.m.

Coker dance students will be performing works choreographed by guest artists Trent Williams, Kristen Fieseler and the Urban Bush Women. Students will also perform works choreographed by Coker Associate Professor of Dance Angela M. Gallo, Assistant Professor of Dance Christi Camper and Assistant Professor of Dance Ashley Martin.

“This concert will have pieces representative of various contemporary styles,” said Gallo. “Some of the works will include elements from art forms, some of which will include video projections, live music or spoken text.”

Dance pieces will include Camper’s “Helios Ascending,” which is to be presented at the American College Dance Festival Association Conference in Tampa, Fla. this March and Martin’s “mYsteriouswaYs,” which was recently presented at the Cool NY Dance Festival and self-produced FRESH II concert in Washington, DC. Coker Dance alumnae Devin Jennings and Deborah Maine participated in the recent performances of “mYsteriouswaYs.”

Williams received his master’s degree in fine arts from Florida State University in dance performance and choreography and his Bachelor of Arts from Morehouse College in Psychology. In 2007, Williams joined Dayton Contemporary Second Company, where he performed and choreographed throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan. Williams became a member of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company in 2008 as a performer. He teaches privately throughout Maryland, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Texas and conducts master classes and workshops internationally at the University of Trinidad and Tobago and the Académie Americaine de Dance Classique de Paris. Williams’ choreography has been performed by Dayton Contemporary Second Company, Urban Souls Dance Company and Exclamation Dance Company. His choreography has been showcased at the American Dance Festival, American College Dance Festival, Modern Atlanta Dance Festival, Dance Gallery in Huntsville, Texas and LIFT project in Atlanta, Ga.

Fieseler received her master’s degree in fine arts from George Mason University and her bachelor’s in dance from Goucher College. Fieseler has taught dance at universities, schools, festivals, studios and camps throughout the United States and in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. From 2002 to 2010 Fieselar was an associate professor of dance in the performing and fine arts department at DeSales University, where she also directed the DeSales University Summer Dance Intensive for three summers. She is the founding artistic director of Annex Dance Company. Her choreography has been presented in festivals, concerts, dance theater, musical theatre and opera productions. She is the co-director of Ballibay Fine and Performing Arts Camp and the Endless Mountains Summer Dance Camp.

Urban Bush Women is a contemporary dance company based in New York City that did an extended residency with the Coker and Hartville communities this past summer for its “Are we Democracy?” project. Urban Bush Women uses dance to bring attention to the stories and experiences of disenfranchised people. The company has developed numerous institutes, workshops and residency programs to promote social justice and encourage civic engagement.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Admission is free for Coker faculty, staff and students with Coker I.D. For more information, please contact Gallo at 843-383-8381 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

 
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