AKRON, OH— The School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration presents The University of Akron Dance Company (UADC) Spring 2017 Concert on Friday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. on campus at the E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill St.

This evening of dance is a collection of individual works and styles by guest choreographer, Leslie Dworkin, and UA dance faculty Robin Prichard, Tom Smith, and Cydney Spohn. Guest composer and pianist James Wilding will also be featured.

Guest Choreographer Leslie Dworkin is both a professional dance artist and educator. As a certified yoga and qigong instructor, Dworkin has excellent experience with different experimental styles of dancing. She has held performance residencies at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Joyce SoHo, Movement Research in NYC, Jacob’s Pillow, Performática in Puebla Mexico, Wave Rising Dance Festival in NYC, and Wolfeboro’s Arts on the Edge Festival. Dworkin’s work for UADC, titled Rise reflects the tension between two poles: our human reality and a desired state of grace.

In response to the Black Lives Matter movement, Robin Prichard’s piece, The Art of Making Dances (Not About Ferguson) features 19th century minstrelsy, ballet, modern dance, and hip hop. James Wilding, composer and pianist, composed an original piano score for Cydney Spohn’s If. A fusion of ballet and hip hop, If explores the language of dance in a subjunctive context. Using the music of Chick Corea and Gary Burton, Tom Smith’s piece entitled Children’s Games (Gone Bad) incorporates Dutch jump ropes, hula hoops, and beach balls into a dark and sinister theme.

Tickets are $14 for general admission, $12 for seniors, alumni, UA faculty and staff, and $7 for students. Reserve tickets by calling (330) 253-2488 or visit www.uakron.edu/ej/events. For additional information please visit our website www.uakron.edu/dtaa or www.facebook.com/TheArtsStartHere.