2017 annual Steinmetz Symposium due to premiere

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Dance 2Miryam Moutillet Contributing Writer Dance lovers at Union are a strong community that embraces the art with joy, and Steinmetz Symposium offers a wonderful chance to see original work and appreciate the commitment of our students to the arts. More than 80 performers will take to the stage in the Lothridge Festival of Dance Friday, May 12 at 4 p.m. at the Nott Memorial as part of the annual Steinmetz Symposium. Faculty and student choreographers as well as dance club leaders will showcase their skills in this hour-long show. The symposium will feature the dynamic works from the Winter Dance Concert, “Beyond Steps,” as well as dance minors Emily Alston ’19, Ayanah Dowdye ’18, Lily Herout ’17, Grace Kernohan ’17, J’Kela Smith ’17 and Maddison Stemple-Piatt ’17. In addition, attendees can expect to be wowed by the diverse number of dance styles with students from the Bhangra, Hip-Hop, Step and African Dance clubs to the Terra Dance club, the Dance Team, U-Break, Ballroom and Just Queenin. “As a dancer and choreographer, Steinmetz is an exciting happening where I can express myself with energy and feel the reciprocity from the audience,” says Dowdye. Admission is free, and the entire campus community is welcome. Since 2014, this festival of dance is supported by a gift of Charles Lothridge in memory of his parents William (Class 1879) and Anna. Charles Lothridge is also the sponsor of the Edward Villella Fellowship. This prestigious award enables exceptional students in dance to expand their studies beyond the college premises. The Villella award recipient will be announced at the end of the show. With a variety of dance styles, choreography and concepts, audiences may be rest assured that there is something for everyone to enjoy. Student dancers have worked all year on their numbers. From ballet to step, the Steinmetz Symposium is a chance for students to exhibit the diversity and culture of choreography from around the world. Concepts such as mental illness, the challenges of womanhood and the spiritual connection between the mind and body will be exhibited in this show.

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