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Fall Appalachian Dance Ensemble to be presented Nov. 16-19

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul.” ~ Martha Graham

BOONE — The Department of Theatre and Dance at Appalachian State University presents the Fall Appalachian Dance Ensemble (FADE) hosted in Valborg Theatre Nov. 16 – 19 at 7:30 p.m.  The excellent sight lines and raised seating in Valborg create an intimate experience and an impeccable venue for dance pieces. Student ticket prices begin at $6 per person. For more information, please visit or call 828-262-3063.

Appalachian’s dance program has grown considerably, compelling another opportunity this fall for students to choreograph and showcase their work. Dance instructor Susan Lutz said that FADE is, “The performing arm of the dance studies program. It’s where we practice what we teach.”

FADE consists of eight pieces representing a variety of concepts: Jacqui Bryant’s “Satori” expresses feelings of enlightenment in her work. “Membracid,” by Kasey Lowry, takes the audience to a new strange place inspired by unique insects and other worldly creatures. Carisa McMillan’s dance, “The Man Hunt,” tells the story of women caught in a cycle of heartbreak as they search for love. Anna Cox’s choreography titled “Beauty in Forgiveness” is about working through challenges that hold people back from who they are meant to be. “Pulse,” choreographed by Katherine Spangler, represents the separate parts of the body coming together to create a whole. “Tides,” by Aden Weinert, shows through dance the variable concept of time and perceived pace. “Goons, Birds, and World Destroyers,” with choreography by Alex Nystrom, explores the wonderment of existence and how a playful outlook becomes warped by the inevitability of human drama and suffering. “Tenuous Liaisons and Assorted Sundries” choreographed by faculty member and concert coordinator Laurie Atkins concludes the concert and is a slightly wacky and humorous reflection on the underside of relationships.

Valborg Theatre is located on the Howard Street side of Chapell Wilson Hall.  The door faces the back of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on King Street.  Parking is available after 5 p.m. on campus in faculty lots, the College Street parking deck near Belk Library and Information Commons, and the main parking deck on Rivers Street.

The Department of Theatre and Dance is housed within the College of Fine and Applied Arts. Its mission is to provide liberal arts educations for the BS degree in teaching theatre arts and the BA degrees in dance studies or theatre arts. The department also values the opportunity to offer coursework for integrated learning through the arts to the general university student population. Vital to the support of this mission is a dynamic co-curricular production program that provides exemplary theatre and dance experiences to departmental students, the university community and the region. The departmental philosophy is to support the university’s liberal arts environment through a balanced and integrated emphasis on teaching, creative activity, scholarship and service.


Dawn Shepler-Hamilton
Telephone: 828-262-8342