Coker Hosts Residency with Guest Dance Company


HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Apr. 9, 2014 – The Coker College Dance Program will host guest dance company Adele Myers and Dancers as part of the Hartsville-Coker Concert Association’s 2013-14 season. This performance will be held Thursday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Watson Theater of the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center.

The dance, entitled “Einstein’s Happiest Thought,” is a full-length work that incorporates dance, film, music and scripted performance. The piece is directed and choreographed by Adele Myers and the original score is composed by Josh Quillen. Collaborators include dramaturg Ain Gordon, lighting and visual designer Kathy Couch, filmmaker Emmy Pickett and writer Blanche Boyd.

In addition to the Hartsville-Coker Concert Association performance, Adele Myers and Dancers will host master classes open to Coker dance majors and to the public. Angela Gallo, associate professor of dance, collaborated with the company to arrange the workshops and masterclasses and secure additional funding for their performance. The company has a class called “Movers and Shakers” that will be catered specifically to those with no dance experience. This class will be held Tuesday, April 15 from 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

Myers founded Adele Myers and Dancers in 2000. The company has performed in theaters and festivals including Bates Dance Festival, Maine; Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Massachusetts; Dance New Amsterdam, New York; Vermont Performance Lab, Vermont; and New Haven International Festival of Arts and Ideas, Connecticut.

Myers studied choreography at Sarah Lawrence College. She earned a master of fine arts in dance at Florida State University and a doctorate in performance studies from New York University. Myers served as a faculty member in the dance department at Connecticut College from 2006 until 2013. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.

The creation and presentation of this work is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with the New England Foundation for the Arts through the National Dance Project. Major support for National Dance Project is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with additional support from the Community Connections Funds of the MetLife Foundation. Support from the National Endowment for the Arts provides funding for choreographers in early stages of their career. The performance is a collaboration between the Coker Dance Program and the Hartsville-Coker Concert Association, with additional support provided by a grant from the Black Creek Arts Council.

Production residency for this work was supported by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with funding from the Andrew Mellon Foundation. General Operating support was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional development support has been provided by the Bates Dance Festival and Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy with funding from the New England Foundation of the Arts, and from Connecticut College and the New Haven ACES Educational Center for the Arts.

A partnership between Coker College and Hartsville, the Hartsville-Coker Concert Association presents an annual program of performing arts events in downtown Hartsville and on the Coker College campus. Individual tickets are sold for each event or discounted season tickets are included in the Association’s membership.

Tickets for the performance, which are available at the door, are $25 for adults and $7 for children under 18. Coker students with college identification are admitted for free.

For more information about the Hartsville-Coker Concert Association, visit or call 383-8125. For more information about Adele Myers and Dancers, go to For more information about the performance or classes, please contact Angela M. Gallo at 843-383-8381 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Release written by media relations coordinator Elizabeth McCarley.


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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