UM to Host 16th Annual Dance Benefit Concert

January 29, 2019

UM dance students perform in a recent concert on campus. (Photo courtesy Sara Diggins) MISSOULA – The University of Montana School of Theatre & Dance will present its 16th annual American College Dance Association Benefit Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2, at UM.

The concert features performers and choreographers who will attend the Northwest Regional Conference of the American College Dance Association in March at the University of Utah. The choreographers’ work at the conference will be adjudicated by nationally and internationally renowned dance artists and critics.

The Benefit Concert is a compilation of original choreography in a range of genres, including dance theatre, contemporary ballet, contemporary modern dance, hip hop and contact improvisation. Tickets are available at the door, with a suggested donation of $5-$10 or more gratefully accepted.

The Benefit Concert helps to raise critical funds for UM dance students to attend ACDA, while also showcasing the latest dance work from the students, guest artists and faculty before they represent UM at the conference. The concert, held in the Performing Arts Radio/TV Center’s Open Space (Room 005), is entirely student run, with full lighting, costumes, sound design, choreography and performance.

 “The ACDA Benefit Concert promises to share excellent choreography and stunning performance, and all of the proceeds help to support our students in their artistic education,” Bradley Browning said. “ACDA is the highlight for most university dance students, and this is a great chance for audiences to help them get there.”

Highlights of this year’s concert will include:

  • Junior dance major and Bachelor of Fine Arts candidate Tiki Preston’s “Lately Lavender.” Representing the UM School of Theatre & Dance in the Adjudicated Concert at ACDA, Preston’s stunning choreography and solo performance, coupled with its sculptural design and exceptional movement, embody the power of dance.
  • Excerpts from a newly choreographed work by UM guest artist Faith Morrison. “Threshold” features eight dance students embodying the sensitive and virtuosic movement that Morrison has cultivated over the past nine years. After completing her Bachelor of Arts in dance at UM and her Master of Fine Arts in dance at the University of Oregon, Morrison danced professionally with Portland’s Polaris Dance Theatre. “Threshold” also will represent UM in the Adjudicated Concert at ACDA.
  • A sneak peek of dance Professor Nicole Bradley Browning’s evening-length work, which will premiere at “Dance in Concert” in April 2019. This most recent piece, “two if by sea,” features graduating dance majors Olivia Pillidge and Logan Prichard. “Two if by sea” tenderly takes the audience along the journey of a relationship designed by its resilience, vulnerability and grace. Bradley Browning’s work will represent UM in the Informal Concert at ACDA.

For more information call Bradley Browning at 406-529-3331 or email nicole.bradleybrowning@umontana.edu.

A complete schedule of UM School of theatre & Dance productions for the 2018-19 academic year is online at http://www.umt.edu/umarts/theatredance/Season/default.php.

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Contact: Nicole Bradley Browning, dance professor, UM School of Theatre & Dance, 406-529-3331, nicole.bradleybrowning@umontana.edu.