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Alive With Dance &

Emerging Choreographers'


Alive With Dance
(AWD) is a Registered Student Organization (RSO) which presents annual spring concerts in Bowker Auditorium, on the UMass Amherst Campus, featuring choreographic work of Seniors. Completely student-run and with support from RSO and the UMass Arts Council, AWD provides students with experience as performers, choreographers, backstage crew and publicists. Students learn all aspects of creating a terrific show.

The 2012 Alive With Dance performances showcased projects by seven senior dancers. Christen Vanyur shared a choreographic exploration about the evolution of the female archetype and how society's standards and expectations of women have been altered. Laura Natario's work centered on the media's representations of childhood imagination, as she delved into the ideas surrounding Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, and other children's media. Rebecca Green explored communication among people with disabilities and how it alters their processing and interpretation of information. Karin Linden considered the idea that emotions and psychological experiences can be expressed and manipulated through movement. Works by Christina Reppert, Justine Picarello and Ashley Bousquet, respectively, explored sensory memory, emotional abuse, and addiction.

AWD also sponsors the Emerging Choreographers' Series (ECS), which features work by Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors. In recent years, ECS has been produced at the Hampshire College Dance Studio Theater. ECS dates for spring, 2011 were April 14, 15 and 16, 8pm at Hampshire College (413-559-5889).

The 2012 ECS choreographers were:

Rachel Aylward
Sonja Brigham
Kristen Connolly
Melissa Frascella
Amanda Fredette
Jeff Gugliotti
Jaxon Hall
Megan Kelly
Brittni Laquidara
Katie Lovell
Ellen Saltzman
Rebecca Steinberg

ECS April 2012
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