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Dance Performance Lab 185
Informal performance of new choreography

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance will present Dance Performance Lab 185, performances showcasing new choreography created by ten students in the program, on Friday and Saturday, January 18 and 19 at 8:00 p.m. in the Patricia and Ward Hagan ’48 Dance Studio.  The event is free and open to the public.

The Program in Dance, led by award-winning choreographer Susan Marshall, offers Princeton undergraduates a wide range of opportunities in dance.  Students can enroll in a single course, pursue a certificate in dance (similar to a minor), or participate in co-curricular classes.  Studio-based courses taught by dance professionals range from modern and contemporary to ballet, experimental, and African dance and include the creation of original work, study of master repertory, and rigorous technical training.   Frequent performance opportunities are provided including the annual Spring Dance Festival, a senior thesis collaborative concert, and informal showings.

The work to be performed in Dance Performance Lab 185 represents a diverse array of choreographic genres.  Students were invited to submit recent new work for consideration by Dance Program faculty.  Both Marshall and faculty member Aynsley Vandenbroucke are mentoring the students in the final rehearsals of their pieces, which will be performed by other dance students.  Student choreographers whose work will be performed are:  Tess Bernhard '14, AJ Brannum '13, Casey Brown '14, Paul Schepel '14, Aminata Seydi '14, Stefanie Siller '13, Tula Strong '15, Ogemdi Ude '16, and Adin Walker '16.

“We’ve added this new opportunity to showcase work created by our students, many of whom are specifically interested in choreography,” notes Marshall.  “These performances give these artists an opportunity to develop and share their exciting, often experimental work with each other -- to inspire each other and their audiences.  This is fresh, bold work, and I’m so glad audiences will have an opportunity to see the diversity of work emerging from our dance studios” 

Earlier on the evening of January 18 at 6:30 p.m. will be a showing of work created by students in fall co-taught visual arts and dance courses entitled “Muscle Memory,” which explores the intersections of sculpture and movement.  Work in a variety of media and performances will take place in the Lucas Gallery and other locations within 185 Nassau Street.

The Program in Dance will also present its annual Spring Dance Festival on February 22-24 at the Berlind Theater at McCarter Theater Center featuring student performances of work by Merce Cunningham, Mark Morris, Raja Kelly, Karole Armitage, Laura Peterson, and Zvi Gotheiner.  A special event on February 14 in collaboration with the Princeton University Art Museum will celebrate the artistic collaborations between legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham and seminal artist Robert Rauschenberg with an exhibition, performance and panel discussion at the Museum.  New work by seniors completing a certificate in dance will be presented in concerts later in the spring.

Link to photos:
Photo caption: Performance of “Syncentropy” by Program in Dance senior Emily Francis from Fleet, a senior dance thesis collaborative concert.
Photo credit: Photo by Bentley Drezner

Event Information


Friday and Saturday, January 18 and 19 at 8:00 p.m.


Patricia and Ward Hagan ’48 Dance Studio

Lewis Center for the Arts
at 185 Nassau Street


Free and open to the public



Performance of “Syncentropy” by Program in Dance senior Emily Francis from Fleet, a senior dance thesis collaborative concert.
Photo by Bentley Drezner

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