'Dance-Zing'

By Serena Miller

The Mendocino College Repertory Dance Com-pany will celebrate its 11th annual season with an Evening of Modern Dance on November 22nd and 23rd at 8pm in the Mendocino College Center for Visual and Performing Arts.

The cost will be $5.00 for adults and $4.00 for Seniors, ASB Card holders, and children under 13 years of age. Advance ticket sales are at the Mendocino Book Company and Mendocino College Bookstore.

As the Repertory Dance Company has grown so have the children of its seasoned members. This year we'll see two daughters, Amber Era-McGarvey and Magie Hanson, dancing as Apprentice Repertory Company members. Other Apprentice members include Dominique Baumberger, Anna Lovett, Ashlee Romero, Amanda Shaw, Grace Werner and Elizabeth Austin. Nori Dolan is the director of this years performance. Leslie Saxon-West is the company director and founder.

This year three individuals from the Bay Area have choreographed pieces for the production. Beth Pierik McEnery has created a dance entitled "Home for the Brave". Beth is a former dancer/ choreographer from New York that has been dancing and choreographing for Fresno State University's "Portable Dance Troupe" for the past two years. Beth currently teaches dance at Sonoma State University, and will teach for Mendocino College in the spring.

Tracy Vogel, who began her dance training at Mendocino College, went on to receive a BA in Dance at Mills College. Tracy is currently a faculty member at Mendocino College and is a free-lance dancer/choreographer in the Bay Area.

Katie Whitmarsh is a dance instructor at MC. She has choreographed "Toward the Within," which was inspired by the music of "Dead Can Dance". The piece merges traditional modern dance methods with her own personal style and Release Technique.

Marcia Sloan, MC music instructor, has composed the music to accompany a dance choreographed by Susan Era for the apprentice company members. Ms. Sloan will accompany the piece live on her cello for each performance.

Nori Dolan has created "It Takes a Village". The music for this dance is from Uganda.

Alese Jenkins has choreographed a piece for the Apprentice Company entitled "Lost Frontier". "The piece is about loss, change and reverence."

Jenifer Elmer studied dance at MC and then at UC Santa Cruz and Chico State University. Her dance, "Stoimeacha", is about removing barriers. It is accompanied by the music of Enya.

We look forward to sharing this year's performance with our community and are excited to present "An Evening of Modern Dance".

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