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November 18, 2009

Cabrillo College Dance Department Presents Annual Winter Dance Concert

Friday and Saturday, December 11 & 12 at 8:00 PM • Sunday, December 13 at 3:00 PM

APTOS, CA—The Cabrillo College Dance Department is proud to present their annual winter concert, an evening of oroginal and diverse dance works created by guest, faculty and invited student choreographers. Cabrillo College students and guests will perform in works by Sharon Took-Zozaya, Rhonda Martyn, Amy Farhood, Marissa Valera, Leslie Johnson, Micha Scott, Dandha Da Hora, Molly Katzman, Luis Sanchez, Janet Silverglate, Donna Von Joo-Tornell, Heidrun Hoffman, and Rachel Van Dessel.

The concert will showcase a variety of dance forms taught within the department and highlight some exciting new works and guest artists. These will include faculty member and concert co-producer, Sharon Took-Zozaya, presenting a new work inspired by Scottish stories about Selkies, mythical beings who can transform themselves from seals to humans and back again. Co-producer Rachel Van Dessel and guest artist Heidrun Hoffman will present a collaborative work using drum, song, and dance to open the show. Guest choreographer Marissa Valera will return to the winter concert stage for the fifth year to choreograph a Hip Hop tribute to Michael Jackson.

Guest artist Micha Scott, formerly of Garth Fagan Dance, will present her work, “Origination,” to the music of Anjelique Kidjo and the Jazz Jamaica Allstars. Dandha Da Hora, lead singer and performer with SambaDa, will bring the magic of Brazil to the stage with an Afro Brazilian Dance Celebration. Artistic Director of Atelier 5 and Cabrillo alumna, Donna Von Joo-Tornell, will present “Remaining Recording Time,” a contemporary trio exploring the universality of loss and recovery.

“Early April Morning,” a new work by faculty member Rhonda Martyn, is a romantic sweep of ballet and modern movement. Amy Farhood, also a Cabrillo faculty member, will present pieces exploring Latin influences in a fusion of Salsa and Swing styles, as well as a Renaissance Waltz style dance which features richly complex interweavings.

What: The Cabrillo Fall Dance Concert

When: Friday & Saturday, December 11 & 12 at 8:00 PM | Matinee Sunday, Dec. 13 at 3:00 PM

Where: Cabrillo Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos

Tickets: $12 General, $10 Students/Seniors, $8 Student Activity Card

Reservations: (831) 479-6331

About Cabrillo Stage

Cabrillo Stage is a non-profit, non-union professional summer stock musical theatre company dedicated to presenting full-scale Broadway musicals to the greater Monterey Bay Area. Producing a diversity of musical theatre works with the goal of educating as well as giving its audiences quality family entertainment, Cabrillo Stage is recognized as one of the three major annual performing arts events in Santa Cruz County. Each summer since 1981, Cabrillo Stage has provided thousands of Santa Cruz county residents and visitors with unforgettable, critically acclaimed productions such as Forever Plaid, Guys and Dolls, Little Shop of Horrors, West Side Story, and Man of La Mancha, to name a few, as well as regional premieres of new musicals such as Honk! Cabrillo Stage is noted for innovative sets, beautiful costumes, an outstanding pit orchestra and talented, professional performers. Cabrillo Stage is committed to providing a nurturing, supportive, artistic environment that allows all of its artisans, professional and non-professional, the opportunity to create musicals with high quality production values. Producing Artistic Director, Jon Nordgren.

About Cabrillo College

Cabrillo College is a leading California community college serving Santa Cruz County with locations in Aptos, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. It is ranked #1 in transfers to UC Santa Cruz. Founded in 1959, the college offers more than 100 academic and career technology programs that serve multiple educational goals such as A.A. and A.S. degrees, certificates of achievement, skills certificates, transfer to four-year institutions or for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. Its mission is to enhance the intellectual, cultural and economic vitality of its diverse community by assisting all students in their quest for lifelong learning and success in an ever-changing world.

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