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Spring Dance Concert April 23

April 21, 2010

CSU's Spring Dance Concert will emulate what was done in the great opera houses where music and ballet collaborated. Two guest choreographers, one from the famed Vaganova School in St. Petersburg, Russia, join CSU students and faculty in creating an extraordinary evening of dance.

Friday, April 23
8 p.m.
Saturday, April 24
2 and 8 p.m.
University Dance Theatre

Colorado State University School of the Arts presents the Spring Dance Concert on Friday, April 23, and Saturday, April 24, 8 p.m. and a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.

Performances take place in the state-of-the art University Dance Theatre at the University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington St.


  • $18/adults
  • $11/Colorado State students
  • $9/youth ages 2 to 17.

Tickets are available at the new University Center for the Arts (UCA) Ticket Office in the UCA Griffin Lobby, by phone at (970) 491-2787, or online.

Advance purchase is highly recommended and tickets purchased at the door include additional fees.

Russian choreographer Viktor Kabaniaev

Enjoy an extraordinary evening of innovative contemporary and classical dance. Unique to this year’s spring dance concert is the exciting collaboration between CSU dance and music students, faculty, and a guest choreographer on Igor Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks

School of the Arts Assistant Professor of Ballet, Carol Roderick.

Choreographed by award-winning international choreographer, director and dancer, Viktor Kabaniaev, and with rehearsals coached by special assistant professor of ballet, Carol Roderick, this collaboration with Professor Wes Kenney and the CSU Sinfonia is captivating!

Reprising the Griffin Concert Hall March premier, the piece has been transformed for the smaller, more intimate University Dance Theatre, with dancers, musicians, and the Maestro all on stage together.

'Like the great opera houses'

“We are emulating what was always done in the great opera houses where music and ballet collaborate, and Viktor has created choreography of a very high quality” said Carol Roderick, School of the Arts assistant professor of ballet.

The varied program also features the creation of guest choreographer Jacob Mora of Moraporvida Contemporary Dance Company, Denver, Colo.

Mora’s influences flow out from the Spanish ‘Por Vida’ meaning ‘For Life,’ and is his personal declaration that we are who we are by nature – not choice – and our definitive relationships. “Who we are cannot change, as life is a reflection of our relationships,” said Mora.

Mora is currently creating Antes Angelus (Before Angels), set to an eclectic use of contemporary and post modern music. CSU dancers will perform the premier of the section The Doll Flame of Desire. The complete work is a small glimpse at the relationship to our spiritual selves and the rules that govern our discovery. Antes Angelus will be released in the fall of 2010 by the Moraporvida Company.

Top students choreograph pieces

The Spring Dance Concert also contains pieces choreographed by top dance students, including Unveil by Jessi Cowan, Isolation by Jenna Spengler, and Putting the Sin in Society by Chantel Doyon.

“Choreographing, for me, must start with a concept or theme that I am passionate about,” explains Jessi Cowan. “Then I begin using various techniques to develop unique and creative movement that will speak to my audience. My goal for Unveil was to shed light on the issue of sex trafficking, and that by creatively expressing this issue, my audience will be moved to action.”

In addition to professional and faculty pieces, a unique aspect of the CSU dance program is multiple performance opportunities for high quality student choreography. “Choreographing your own piece is a huge time commitment, but it is incredibly rewarding,” explains Jenna Spengler.

Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603