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Coker College Dance Program Hosts 2016 Senior Thesis Concert

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Hartsville, S.C. — April 1, 2016 — Coker College’s Dance Program will host its annual Senior Thesis Dance Concert at 7:30 p.m. April 15 and 16 in the Watson Theater of the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center. The concert will feature solo and group pieces from three of the program’s seniors: Darrell Daney, Tierra Foxworth and Cierra Stinson.

Choreographer Darrell Daney was inspired by Chinese astrology in his celestial group work, “Heavenly Stems, Earthly Branches.” Through gestural, dynamic and contrasting movements, this piece reflects upon unique birth characteristics, yin and yang, the four pillars of destiny and the nourishment and restraint of the five elements. Daney’s solo, “3 Strikes in HIStory,” is a bold and controversial work that confronts homosexuality and religion. As a gay black male in the South, Daney conjures up his experiences growing up in the traditional southern African-American Baptist church. Daney uses motifs, pedestrian movements and testimony to emphasize the effects of dehumanization and discrimination against homosexuals in the church.

Tierra Foxworth’s group piece, “restricted REGulations,” focuses on research about Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADD/ADHD). Foxworth states, “I did not create this dance in the hopes of it becoming a national symbol for learning disabilities. Instead, I simply want to encourage my audience to go out and research ADD/ADHD. I hope it becomes that initial force that urges my audience to learn more about how real it is.” Foxworth’s solo piece, “Pressure Cooker,” is based on her current research interest in the mental, physical and psychosocial effects of stress. The piece is a personal investigation of her own struggles with the strains of stress.

Cierra Stinson’s  “iTether” explores our over-dependence and addiction to technology through a community environment among the dancers onstage. This large group piece focuses on societal issues such as relying on cell phones instead of face-to-face communication as a means of building and maintaining relationships. Stinson’s solo, “36-28-40,” demonstrates the challenges faced by African-American women, particularly the opinions and attitudes that society has toward the black woman's image. Through emotional and gestural movements, Stinson uses personal experiences to express a feeling of wanting to be accepted for her shapely body, therefore straying from worldly standards.

Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Admission is free with Coker ID.

For more information, contact Laura Hoxworth at (843) 857-4103 or lhoxworth@coker.edu. 

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Coker College is a student-focused, private liberal arts college located in Hartsville, South Carolina. Coker combines round table, discussion-based learning with hands-on experiences to encourage active participation in and out of the classroom. A supportive, close-knit community prepares Coker students with the confidence and practical life skills they need to reach their personal best, in college and beyond.

Founded in 1908, Coker is a bachelor’s and master’s degree-granting institution and competes in 21 NCAA Division II sports. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review, and by Washington Monthly as one of the Southeast's "Best Bang for the Buck" colleges.