Spring Dance Concert to Collect Goods for Open Door Ministries

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 1, 2016 – Join High Point University for its fifth annual Spring Dance Concert featuring various styles and themes choreographed by HPU students, faculty and guest artists. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 18-20 in the Pauline Theatre of Hayworth Fine Arts Center.

Concert attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food items for Open Door Ministries of High Point.

“We hope to collect as many cans as possible,” says Lindsey Howie, instructor of dance. “I did a food drive for some of my classes last year, so I wanted to see what would be possible by reaching out to our audience. We have a lot to be thankful for and I want us to pass that along to help out the community.”

This year’s program will feature HPU students performing jazz, contemporary and tap. The seven unique works are choreographed by Howie along with adjunct professor Christine Stevens, student choreographers Peyton Senning and Danielle Criss, and guest artist Lindsay Shepherd of Be The Groove, a rhythmic performance ensemble based out of Chicago.

“I am extremely proud of our students, who have been involved in all aspects of preparing for this concert,” says Howie. “They are performing, they are stage managers, and they are involved in the design process for lighting the dance pieces and costuming the performers. The Department of Theatre and Dance here at High Point University is preparing our students for a career in the arts on every level.”

HPU dance students are also preparing for the American College Dance Festival conference in March at the University of Southern Mississippi, where they will perform the two student-choreographed works from the concert through the support of a grant from the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works.

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