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Cornish College of the Arts Presents Threshold: Cornish Junior Dance Company in Performance

April 29, 2009

SEATTLE, WA – Cornish Junior Dance Company presents Threshold. Each day we see the young people in the Cornish Dance Studios taking chances, making decisions, finding their boundaries and extending them.  They are becoming individuals and artists.  They are on the threshold of their future.

The Cornish Junior Dance company will perform at the Shorecrest Performing Arts Center on May 17th, 2009. Steve Casteel, former soloist with Houston Ballet and Cornish College of the Arts adjunct faculty member, has restaged the Pas de Trois from Swan Lake.  Brenna Monroe-Cook, formerly of the Limon Dance Company has set a new work From Lullaby to Open Eyes for the company.  Leigh-Ann Cohen, formerly of Ballet Jurgen, Metropolitan Ballet Theater and Pennsylvania Ballet, and an accomplished choreographer in both Canada and the US has set Tempered Stance a study of pose, involvement and condition.  Christine Juarez, Preparatory Dance Program faculty member, has created a new work La Celebration de Printemps a multi level piece including Advanced, Intermediate and Apprentice dancers interacting in a playful way.  Paula Peters, former Spectrum dancer, Cornish College of the Arts graduate and adjunct faculty member has created a new work, Getting from here to there exploring community, individuals and relationships particular to youth.  In addition we will be joined in performance by Markeith Wiley and Anna Lizette-Conner, dance students at Cornish College of the Arts, will join us in performance.  They are performing Little Bold a collaborative piece created for the 2009 Cornish College of the Arts BFA concert.

Cornish Junior Dance Company in Threshold
May 17, 3 & 7:30 pm
Shorecrest Performing Arts Center
15343 25th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA
Tickets: $14 general, $12 students, seniors & alumni

For more information on how to purchase tickets please visit http://www.cornish.edu/events or call 206.726.5011.

For additional information or to request images please contact Meike Kaan or Beth Fleenor.

More about the Junior Dance Company

The Cornish Junior Dance Company offers intermediate and advanced students enrolled in the Preparatory Dance Program at Cornish College of the Arts the opportunity to work with choreographers and perform a variety of dance styles.  Students, registered in Intermediate II and Advanced Ballet, are invited to audition.  Students, in Intermediate I, are invited to register for the Apprentice Junior Company.  In the fall students in Primary thru Advanced levels of the Preparatory Dance Program at Cornish College of the Arts may perform in “The Nutcracker.”

The Preparatory Dance Program boasts illustrious alumni, with students moving on to careers at American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Barnard College, Boston College, Cornish College of the Arts, Harvard University, The Julliard School, Lines Ballet/Dominican University BFA Program, Mt. Holyoke College, Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, Juilliard, Fordham, Interlochen Arts Academy and N.C. School of the Arts. Companies include: Graham Company, Houston Ballet, Bill T. Jones/Arne Zane Dance Company, Colorado Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Miami City Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pearl Lang Dance Theatre and Atlanta Ballet Pre-Professional Program.

This year Cornish Junior Dance Company members will be attending summer programs at the Ailey School, Atlanta Ballet, Houston Ballet, Joffrey, Julliard,  Northwest Dance Intensive, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and Summer Dance Lab.

About Cornish College of the Arts

Cornish College of the Arts is nationally recognized as a premier college of the visual and performing arts offering Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in dance, theater, art, design and performance production, and a Bachelor of Music degree. A pioneer in arts education, Cornish College of the Arts sprang from the remarkable vision of Nellie Cornish, a woman determined to cultivate the arts in Seattle when it was scarcely more than a frontier town. Her philosophy of educating the artist through exposure to all the arts was progressive at the time, and continues to be innovative today.