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PR # 244 June 10, 2009


The Visual and Performing Arts Department at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in North Branch will host a Summer Dance Workshop for ages 15 and older. The workshop is a weeklong series of dance classes and repertory taught by Freespace Dance that culminates in a performance open to the public. The workshop will be held July 13-17, with a performance on Friday, July 17, at 1:30 p.m., in RVCC?s Welpe Theatre.

The workshop includes daily morning technique class (Modern or Jazz) from 10-11:30 a.m., a lunch break, and a Repertory class from 12-2 p.m. All classes are taught by Freespace Dance Company members. The fee for the week is $200. Dancers also can take just the morning or afternoon sessions for $100.

Freespace Dance is renowned for mesmerizing audiences worldwide with its captivating choreography that connects to human emotion and experience. Combining its athletic nature and humanistic connection, the work is accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. Donna Scro Gentile, artistic director of Freespace Dance, received a 2008 Fellowship from New Jersey State Council on the Arts for excellence in choreography. Freespace has performed at some of the most internationally prestigious venues, including The Paris Opera House; Theatre de la Ville; the American Dance Festival (Korea and North Carolina); Spoleto Festival; Jacob?s Pillow; and The Egg; and in New York City at the Joyce Theater, The New Victory Theater, Central Park SummerStage, Symphony Space, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project and Lincoln Center Out of Doors. The company has been praised by The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Star-Ledger, The Houston Chronicle, Dance Insider, Backstage and The Boston Globe for its compelling signature style.

RVCC offers an Associate of Fine Arts in Dance (AFA). The AFA program focuses on the skills and concepts of dance necessary for a career in the contemporary dance world and prepares students for transfer into a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree program at a four-year college or university.

For additional information, contact Professor Loretta Fois, RVCC director of Dance, 908-526-1200, ext. 8494, lfois@raritanval.edu .

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 40 years, offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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