NH Dance Company at PSU Sept. 9 & 10

August 25th, 2011 by Adam
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Photo by Lois Greenfield ©2011

Plymouth, N.H.The Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at Plymouth State University will present Bud Burst, a fundraising concert by Tributary Dance, Sept. 9 and 10 in the Studio Theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts.

Tributary Dance is New Hampshire’s Contemporary Dance Company and the newest creative endeavor of PSU’s Director of Dance, Amanda Whitworth. The company brings together professional dancers from across New England to create multimedia performances that are often inspired by Northeast living.

Bud Burst is a choreographic journey through the seasons, where dancers embody emotions, elements, flora and fauna in an hourlong concert, with a variety of music from classical to electronic and sound scores to vocal interludes.

The troupe has donated its performance fee in order to assist fundraising for the PSU Dance Division. Ticket sales will support dancer scholarships, guest artist opportunities and travel experiences for University dancers.

Performances are Sept. 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. and Sept. 10 at 2 p.m.

Whitworth, artistic director and founder of Tributary Dance, is a graduate of the New York University Tisch School of the Arts. She has performed for companies and choreographers in and around New York City.She has taught hundred of masterclasses and participated in residencies at universities, private and public schools across the country. She has collaborated with organizations promoting arts education through performance, including PSU’s TIGER professional theatre troupe, the Kearsarge Arts Theater Company (Kat Company), the Educational Theatre Collaborative and the Ninth State Movement Complex. Whitworth is also a member of the collaborative performance group Terminal Hip Dance Theater which is based in Plymouth. She earned a M.Ed. at Plymouth State University.

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Photo by Lois Greenfield ©2011

Principal dancers with Tributary Dance are:

Tara Holmes,adjunct assistant dance professor of fine and performing arts at Colby-Sawyer College. Holmes earned an M.Ed. with a concentration in integrated arts at Plymouth State University, and a B.A. in dance performance studies and secondary education at Roger Williams University. She has choreographed for musical productions including Godspell, Peter Pan and Star Spangled Salute with the Educational Theatre Collaborative and KAT Company, and is an Afternoon School Teacher at Windy Hill School.

Lindsay Jarvis is a native of Worcester, Mass., who began dancing at the age of three years. She has performed across the U.S., winning national titles. As a PSU student, Jarvis choreographed and performed in all the Contemporary Dance Ensemble programs. In 2009, Jarvis held a three-month internship with the Sydney (Australia) Dance Company. Since graduation she has been teaching and performed with Dance Current Inc. and Impact Dance Company in Boston.

Kerri Ann Kudla studied at Dean College, with an emphasis in modern dance. While there she joined the Boston Dance Company and toured Massachusetts. She went on to earn a BFA at the University of South Florida, furthering her training in ballet, pointe, modern, African dance and cultural dance techniques. She has been teaching and choreographing for seven years.

Erin McDonough received her early dance training at Stage Light Studio, Canterella and Berkshire Dance Theater, where she attended conventions at the National Association of Dance and the Affiliated Arts and completed the Cecchetti ballet exams.She graduated from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, earning several dance scholarships and the Contemporary Dance Ensemble Award. McDonough teaches at Meredith Bay Dance Academy.

Kathleen Pantos studied ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, modern and hip hop at The Patti Eisenhauer Dance Studio in Franklin, Mass., and furthered her studies at Plymouth State University where she graduated with a B.A. in dance performance and management. At PSU, she earned the Senior Dance Achievement Award. She is currently on faculty at several studios in the Boston area.

Erica Toedt graduated from UMass Amherst with a double major in dance and accounting. She has trained in ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, tap, hip hop, ballroom and break dancing. After college, Erica worked for a public accounting firm for three years, while continuing to dance. She has recently left that field to pursue her dream of performing.

Dance Apprentices with Tributary Dance are Plymouth State University students Tessa Hamza of Westford, Mass.; Brittany Hill of Houlton, Maine; Annamaria Klucevsek of Buzzards Bay, Mass. and Mackenzie Lee Perra of Goffstown, N.H.

Tickets for Tributary Dance at Plymouth State University are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and youth, at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869.

For information, contact Amanda Whitworth, aewhitworth@plymouth.edu.

General information about events at PSU is available at ThisWeek@PSU, http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

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