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“Dancing on the Edge” has RU Dance Majors on Their Toes


Annual Spring Concert features the choreography of guest artist Mikhail Ronnikov

The RU Department of Dance annual spring concert incorporates a wide spectrum of movement styles including classical ballet, modern, and jazz dance technique.

Since early February, 40 dance majors have been in rehearsals preparing to perform new dance works by the dance faculty and professional guest choreographer Mikhail Ronnikov. 

Ronnikov, originally from Moscow, has his dance roots with the Moscow Choreographic Academy of the Bolshoi Theater. He has performed with the Moscow Classical Ballet, the Moscow City Ballet, the Imperial Russian Ballet, the Colorado Ballet and is presently a principal dancer and choreographer with Columbia Classical Ballet in South Carolina.

For this concert, Ronnikov created a contemporary ballet piece on pointe for eight dancers. The concert will also include original dance works by dance faculty danah bella, Bob Boross, Margaret Devaney and Deborah McLaughlin. Music includes selections by W. A. Mozart, Bruce Springsteen, The Piano Guys, Martyn Bennett, Experimental Audio Research, The Manhattan Transfer and Ryuichi Sakamoto.

“The RU Department of Dance prides itself in providing its dance majors with diverse instructional and performance experiences in a variety of dance techniques," Department Chair Margaret Devaney said. "Dancing on the Edge beautifully showcases the department’s breadth, creativity, and professionalism."

“Dancing on the Edge” will be performed in the Bondurant Auditorium of Preston Hall, April 11 through the 13 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $6 for the general public, $3 for children, and free with an RU ID. Tickets are available at the Hurlburt Hall Information Desk (540) 831-5420 and at the door.


Apr 8, 2013

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