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Fall Dance Concert Nov. 15, 16

November 8, 2013

The Fall Dance Concert is an opportunity for students to perform and work with faculty, guest artists, and staff in a professional learning environment.

Friday, Nov. 15, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
University Dance Theatre
University Center for the Arts
1400 Remington Street

Contemporary and classical dance

Enjoy an extraordinary evening of innovative contemporary and classical dance presented by dance faculty, students, and special guests from the Colorado Ballet.

Join us for a reception immediately following the Saturday, Nov. 16 matinee performance.


  • $8/CSU students
  • $8/youth (under 18)
  • $18/public

Tickets are available at the University Center for the Arts (UCA) Ticket Office in the UCA Griffin Lobby, by phone at (970) 491-ARTS (2787), or online. Advance purchase is recommended to avoid at-the-door fees.

The pas de deux from The Nutcracker

Each year the Fall Dance Concert features a guest artist, either as a director, choreographer, or dancer to be a part of this CSU tradition that consists of contemporary and classical dances presented by dance faculty and students.

“The Fall Dance Concert is a wonderful opportunity for our students to work with faculty, guest artists, and staff in a professional learning environment,” said director of dance at CSU, Jane Slusarski-Harris. “The concert focuses on an exceptional performing arts experience for the participants and for the audiences.”

Caitlin Valentine-Ellis with the Colorado Ballet began dancing at the age of 16 with the Orlando Ballet as a full company member.This fall, courtesy of Colorado Ballet, CSU welcomes Caitlin Valentine-Ellis and Christopher Ellis as the guest artists for the concert. The husband and wife pair will perform the famous pas de deux from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.

The pas de deux first featured in the ballet of the early eighteenth century, when an entree to an opera or ballet would involve a couple performing identical dance steps.

The ballets of the late 19th Century introduced the concept of the grand pas de deux, which often formed an intimate climactic moment of a scene or a whole performance.

The pas de deux also has symbolic content. As a dance which is deeply physical but also contains an equality of male and female dancers, it has been seen to symbolize the partnership inherent in love.

Dance major choreographers

The program also features dance major choreographers Lindsay Dighero, Maggi Jung, Madison Lobato, Meaghan Suchomel, Samantha Purdy, and Bailey Ostdiek.

At the age of 18, Christopher Ellis (currently with the Colorado Ballet)  became a company member with the Orlando Ballet under the direction of Fernando Bujones. In her piece, The Doleful Dolls Tied in Twine¸senior Bailey Ostdiek features two student dancers, junior Madison Lobato and freshman Emilie Adamovic in an intimate story about two “Tim Burton-esque” dolls.

“I wanted to choreograph a smaller piece this semester since I have primarily worked with large groups in the past,” said Ostdiek.

“And I believe there can be a real unique intimacy in just having two dancers on stage. “I am so thankful to both of my dancers for their hard work and great attitudes and couldn't have imagined going through this process without them.”

Modern dance choreography

The concert also features the choreography of CSU modern dance teacher Chung-Fu Chang. Tailored specifically to the current CSU Tour Dance Company, his piece, 3 Girls and 1 Boy, features portrayals of individual personality and characteristics. Chang’s second piece is a solo dance, titled A Silent Letter.

“[It] is inspired by someone who overcame grief—how one journeys through the grieving process to gain strength and to share compassion,” said Chang. “The piece speaks for justice and humanity.” 

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Contact: Carrie Care