Howard Community College Presents Arts Collective Dance Company Concert March 6th to 8th

Howard Community College Presents Arts Collective Dance Company Concert March 6-8, 2014

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Continuing its tradition of bringing compelling and powerful dance to the Greater Baltimore Area, the Arts Collective Dance Company (ACDC) of Howard Community College (HCC) presents its eighth annual concert, offering four performances March 6 to 8, 2014, in the college’s Smith Theatre, directed by Joan Nicholas-Walker. The concert will captivate audiences with exciting and inspiring contemporary works by exploring topics including love, vulnerability, turbulence and joy.This year’s ACDC concert features outstanding HCC student dancers and guest artists as well as the stellar choreography of locally and nationally recognized artists, including Valerie Alpert, Renée Brozic Barger, Desirée Koontz-Nachtrieb, Joan Nicholas-Walker, Karen Reedy, Brandon Sinclair,  and Trent Williams, Jr.

Tickets are $15 for general admission; $12 for seniors, military, and groups; and $10 for students with I.D. For online tickets visit, or call HCC’s Horowitz Center’s Box Office at (443) 518-1500.

ACDC’s 2014 Dance Concert Works include: Beat Rojo – Choreographed by Valerie Alpert – A highly energetic music visualization work that highlights the fast paced rhythmic acoustic sounds of Rodrigo and Gabriela.

When I Was… – Choreographed by Joan Nicholas-Walker – A work where the soloist takes the audience on a journey through the timeline of her life.

After Dinner Choreographed by Renée Brozic Barger –– This ‘silent’ duet alternates bouts of turbulence and tenderness: when the couple finally comes together, their exhausted breathing from the previous battle continues, an aural reminder that wounds from connubial battles never fully go away.

Brozic Barger’s compact and tidy duet uses minimal movement to maximum effect. (Paraphrased from Pamela Squires: The Washington Post December 04, 2001 Style, C7)Evolutive Progressions – Choreographed by Brandon Sinclair – A contemporary work examining the idea of evolution through movement.

In MemoryChoreographed by Karen Reedy – A contemporary duet set to a musical score by Arvo Pärt.  This work explores a complex relationship of longing through rich physicality and luscious movement vocabulary. sometimes we fail – Choreographed by Trent Williams, Jr. –– An engaging, honest, and vulnerable work inspired by the choreographer’s life experiences.

Facets Choreographed by Desirée Koontz-Nachtrieb – An emotionally driven contemporary dance piece that seeks to illustrate via movement the emotions of love, frustration, and misery. Additionally, the piece explores the idea that the human psyche can experience these emotions simultaneously.

Four Parts Love – Joan Nicholas-Walker – Popular music comes to the modern dance stage.  Utilizing movement that blurs the line between the modern and jazz styles, this fun dance partners with great love songs from the past.

Performances:  One Weekend Only – March 6 – 8, 2014.

Showtimes: Thursday, Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 3:00 p.m and 8:00 p.m.

Post-Show Discussion: Following Friday’s March 7th 8p.m. performance. Note: Parental guidance suggested. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

ACDC Creatives & Production Team:

Artistic Director:  Renée Brozic BargerDirector:  Joan Nicholas-Walker
Assistant Director:  Trent Williams, Jr.
Rehearsal Director:  Elizabeth Higgins.
Stage Management, Production Management:  Alison Andersen.
Light Design:  William D’ Eugenio.
Costume Design:  Kimberly Parkman.
Props Coordination:  Darius McKeiver.
Assistant Costume Design:  Dorothy Barnes Driggers.
Assistant Stage Manager:  Stephanie De Pew.
Promotional Photography: Enoch Chan, PhotoArt by Cheri.


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The Cast:

Morgan Anderson, Antonio Beverly, Raisa Grant, Chelsea Green, Ricki Huff, Lexci Johnson, Alyssa Keating, Erin Lerew, Dominique Lockett, Alexandra Odenwald, Paula Quinteros, Lizzie Ryan, Ada Satterfield, Genevieve Simard, and Shamari Taylor.


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Howard Community College (HCC) is a publicly funded two-year community college serving the educational needs of the citizens and employers in Howard County, Maryland since 1970. With its slogan, “You Can Get There from Here,” the college has forged a variety of partnerships to offer career and transfer programs to nearly 29,000 students annually at its main campus in Columbia, the Ecker Business Training Center, and Laurel College Center. Located midway between two major metropolitan areas, Washington DC and Baltimore, MD, Howard Community College is an affordable, community-based institution that has long been recognized for its ability to inspire learning, and the lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals. Among its many awards is the prestigious U.S. Senate Productivity Award for organizational performance excellence.


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