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Colby-Sawyer College to Host Spring Dance Ensemble, 'Transitions in Two Acts'

NEW LONDON, N.H., March 30, 2012 – Colby-Sawyer's Fine and Performing Arts Department and the Colby-Sawyer Dance Club present the spring dance ensemble, “Transitions in Two Acts,” a combined performance with two distinctly different shows sharing the stage back to back.

“Transitions” will take place at the Sawyer Center Theatre on Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and children, and free with a Colby-Sawyer College ID, and may be purchased online at The Sawyer Center Box Office can be reached at (603) 526-3670 for more information.

Act I features performances by this semester's dance students under the artistic direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dance Laura Dunlop Shepherd. Her Jazz Technique and Creating Choreography classes will perform original choreography by the students and Professor Shepherd in ten dances that include jazz, lyrical and ballet set to musical selections that run the gamut from Johann Strauss to Michael Jackson and a Big Band finale.

“I'm so proud of how hard all the students worked to learn about dance, from its history to its musicality and technique, and how enthusiastically they embraced the creative process of choreographing and the prospect of performing their new skills on stage,” says Professor Shepherd. “Some of these women have never danced before this semester, and they are all brave and beautiful in expressing themselves through a medium that physically exposes them in a way few art forms do. When the audiences watch these dancers move to choreography they created, what they will really see are emerging artists sharing their curiosity and aspirations.”

Act II features student choreography from the Colby-Sawyer College Dance Club under the leadership of club president Amanda Gibbons '12. The Dance Club is a completely student-run organization that welcomes students in all majors to explore their dance interests outside of formal classroom instruction.

About the Artistic Director – Act I

Laura Dunlop Shepherd studied Theatre and Dance at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. A New Hampshire native, she grew up singing, dancing and acting at Sawyer Center and New London Barn Playhouse. These and other early musical theater experiences launched Professor Shepherd on a lifelong path of performing and teaching. After years of performing in summer stock and professional musical theater, and then in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes as a singer and dancer, her focus turned to sharing the performing arts that have so enriched her life with others through teaching voice and dance.

About the Artistic Director – Act II

Amanda Gibbons '12 is an English major from Kingston, Mass. She is president of the Colby-Sawyer College Dance Club; president of Word Order and Alpha Chi; and serves as the Educational/Cultural Events chair of Campus Activities Board. Gibbons is also secretary for the Class of 2012, an Admissions tour guide, and a resident assistant. Her plans for life after Colby-Sawyer are to keep dancing, to be happy, and teach middle or high school English.

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Colby-Sawyer College is a comprehensive college that integrates the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation. Founded in 1837, Colby-Sawyer is located in the scenic Lake Sunapee Region of central New Hampshire.

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