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Released March 22, 2004


HATTIESBURG -- The Repertory Dance Company at The University of Southern Mississippi will give its spring semester performance April 1-3 in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center auditorium.

The Spring Dance Concert will include choreographed works by faculty and students. While the dances vary in style, all exude the high level of performance that audiences have come to expect from Department of Theatre and Dance productions.

New dance faculty member Becky Dyer has choreographed an inventive, graceful work for 10 dancers that focuses on dance partnering and showcases the strength of the program's male dancers.

Shellie Nielsen, professor of dance at Southern Miss, has created a new work with classical music as it central theme. With her cast of seven female dancers, the work is a simple reflection of the music and its possibilities.

Junior dance major Patrina Hall of Jackson has created a dance that fuses modern dance with hip-hop and experimental music. Her piece, "All (one)," "is intended to seduce the audience through the music and captivate them with its unique movement," Hall said.

Student choreographer, Julie Brant of Huntsville, Ala., has created a work packed with emotion and movement. "Dance is used to express varied emotions in relationships and a passion for the dance art form, which are hard to express through words," Brant said. Using a cast of four dancers, her "More Air than Words" choreography personifies her feelings that defy description in words through partnering and unison movement.

Offering a three-night run, the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for Southern Miss faculty and staff, senior citizens, and Southern Miss alumni, and $6 for students. For tickets, call the Southern Miss Ticket Office at (601) 266-5418 or (800) 844-8425, or order online at


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April 20, 2004 4:09 PM