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Bryn Mawr and HavIdanLadderSMerford student dancers will take to the stage for the Bryn Mawr College Dance Program Annual Spring Dance Concert this Saturday, April 23 at 6:30PM and Sunday, April 24 at 7:30PM in Goodhart Theatre. Students will perform works by student choreographer Joie Waxler and by Linda Caruso Haviland, founder and director of the Dance Program and in a range of dance works by critically noted guest and faculty choreographers. They include: Hip-hop virtuoso, actress and singer Melanie Cotton; Colby Damon, former dancer with the Sacramento Ballet and BalletX; Rev. Nia Eubanks-Dixon, former dancer with Urban Bush Women and the Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble; Lauren Putty White, former dancer with Parsons Dance and Philadanco;  Linda Karash Mintzer,AFricangroup2015Med formerly with the Pennsylvania Ballet, who will restage a classic variation; and Vicky Shick, an internationally regarded NY-based dancer and choreographer, formerly with the Trisha Brown Dance Company. More detailed information on the choreographers is below. The concert runs under an hour and a half including intermission and seating begins 30 minutes prior to performance. The concerts are free and open to the public, and a reception follows in the Benham Lobby. For general concert information, please call (610) 526-5210

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Linda Caruso Haviland, founder and director of the Dance Program, earned her doctorate in Dance and Philosophy from Temple University, has performed her own work as well as that of independent choreographers in New York and in Philadelphia and danced principally with ZeroMoving Company under the direction of Hellmut Gottschild. Our critically noted guest choreographers include the following: Melanie Cotton studied with pioneering Hip-Hop legends Elite Force, Moncell Durden and Don “Campbell Lock” Campbell among others, and both studied and performed internationally with hip-hop great Rennie Harris. She directs a feminist Hip-Hop performance group, Women’s Revolutionary Vagime and has also appeared on regional stages as an actress and singer in comedies, experimental theatre and musical theater. Colby Damon is a former member of Sacramento Ballet and Ballet X and has performed with Mark Morris Dance Group, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and independent choreographers. He has created choreography for Charlottesville Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet II and continues to perform his own work as well. Rev. Nia Eubanks-Dixon is a former dancer with two high-powered companies, Urban Bush Women and the Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble, and has been choreographing for DANSE4NIA Repertory Ensemble. Vicky Shick is an internationally regarded NY-based dancer and choreographer. She has been nominated three times for NYC “Bessie” awards and won one for her performances with renowned choreographer, Trisha Brown, and another for choreographic achievement. Lauren Putty White has performed with Parsons Dance in NYC and, most recently, with Philadanco. She has made works for several companies including BalletX and co-directs Putty Dance Project with her husband and jazz musician/composer Brent White.

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