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INSPIRIT Dance Company Visits Southern Miss for Residency PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Contact Tearanny Street - 601.266.6823   

The University of Southern Mississippi dance program is hosting an all African American female dance company on its Hattiesburg campus through Feb. 23.

Based in the Bronx, New York, INSPIRIT was founded in 2000 to support collaborations among emerging female artists and choreographers. A contemporary dance company, INSPIRIT fuses a wide-range of dance movements such as post-modern, traditional West African, ballet and yoga. The company's signature technique, Liquid Strength, will be showcased at a dance concert Feb. 19-20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Theatre and Dance Studio 115.

“This residency is intended to benefit not only the dance majors, who are given the opportunity to work with professional artists, but it extends to serve the USM and Hattiesburg communities through outreach efforts that include workshops and master classes,” said Stacy Reischman, director of the Southern Miss Dance program. “Having INSPIRIT perform in Hattiesburg is a rare opportunity for an audience to see a professional dance company in performance.”

With tours and performances stretching from Mississippi to California, this company is well-known for its diverse style and strong emphasis on educational and community outreach programs. INSPIRIT's dance curriculum is formally recognized by the Department of Education in accordance with New York state learning standards for the arts.

Residency activities at Southern Miss include master classes at the Family Network Partnership and Nora Davis Arts Magnet School; master classes for all dance majors; a dance concert; the commission of a new work performed by the Southern Miss Repertory Dance Company; a series of Write to Dance Workshops; and a presentation at the Honors Forum Feb. 18 as part of the Armstrong-Branch lecture series and College of Arts and Letters World of Words humanities showcase.

According to the company's Web site, Write to Dance Workshops are formulated for writers, dancers, choreographers and enthusiasts to integrate a series of improvisational and creative writing exercises. On Feb. 6 Southern Miss junior and senior dance choreography majors and alumni participated in this workshop.

The next Write to Dance Workshop is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. and will feature the Southern Miss Department of English. K-12 educators will participate in the Write to Dance Workshop Saturday, Feb. 20. Both workshops will be held in the Theatre and Dance Building.

This residency is funded by the Mississippi Arts Commission; Partners for the Arts; Southern Arts Federation; Southern Miss Honors College; the Southern Miss Vice President for Research; and the College of Arts and Letters. Tickets for the dance concert may be purchased at the door for $10. For more information on INSPIRIT’s residency, call the dance program office at 601.266.4161.

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