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"So You Think You Can Dance" choreographers offer critique of Dean Dancers' choreography February 4January 17, 2011
Master Classes open to the public February 5
For Immediate Release
Contact: Pat Samson 508-541-1668
Dean College Choreographer’s Showcase features “So You Think You Can Dance” Choreographers and Dancers
Maria Torres, Mark Kanemura, Elenore Scott and Jaquel Knight, to headline event
Franklin, MA – February 1, 2011 – Dean College dance students will have an opportunity to have their choreography critiqued by four nationally known choreographers during the College’s annual Choreographer’s Showcase on February 4. The adjudicating choreographers will also offer Master Classes to dancers from around the region on February 5.
Maria Torres has starred on Broadway in the musical Swing! Her work can be seen in the Tim Allen and Andi McDowell film The Six Wives of Henry LeFay. She trained Patrick Dempsey and Amy Adams for the film Enchanted, as well as Raven Simone in College Road Trip. She also choreographed Jennifer Lopez and Marc Antony in El Cantante, a film in which she also appeared. She has appeared as a guest choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance.
Mark Kanemura who was also a finalist on SYTYCD and has performed as a backup dancer for Britney Spears on Glee, the 2009 MTV Music Video Awards and most recently has been on the tour with Lady Gaga!
Jaquel Knight, an award winning choreographer behind Beyonce’s hit Single Ladies, and has worked on Britney Spears’ Circus tour, Hannah Montana: The Movie; and Beyonce’s I Am tour.
Ellenore Scott who was a finalist on SYTYCD and has performed on the Ellen Show, One Life to Live, the 82ndAnnual Academy Awards, and on the 2010-2011 Janet Jackson World Tour.
“Our students recognize this for the extraordinary opportunity that it is,” said Joan Palladino, Dean of the College’s School of Dance. “The student choreographers work with their classmates, developing a performance that will be judged by this panel,” she explained. “Each choreographer will receive a videotape of his or her performance and the critique by the judges.”
Following the Showcase, Dean dancers and other dancers from the region can take master classes with the four adjudicators – Mr. Knight, Ms. Dowling, Ms. Torres and Ms. Tayeh. Registration for the master classes on Saturday, February 5, is required. Information can be found on the Dean College website at www.dean.edu/
The showcase performance on February 4 begins at 7:30 p.m. in the College’s Multi Purpose Room in the Campus Center. Tickets are $15 for general admission.
Registration information for the February 5 master class is now available on line at http://www.dean.edu/Academics/MasterClasses.cfm. Sign in begins at 8 a.m., on February 5, and classes begin at 9. Registration for participants is $60 and includes lunch. Tickets for observers are $20 and also includes lunch.
For more information, please call 508-541-1606.