Alumni and faculty unite dance talents at Towson

DANCE REVIEW

April 03, 1993|By J. L. Conklin | J. L. Conklin,Contributing Writer

The Towson State University Department of Dance is presenting its first annual alumni-faculty dance concert this weekend at Burdick Hall's intimate Studio 104.

TSU faculty member Jaye Knutson has brought together four alumni -- Scott Rink, Karen Muccioli, Mino Micolas and Pamela Peoples -- and their dance associates, along with faculty members Karen Cohn Bradley, Dennis Price and herself, to share choreographic and performing accomplishments in a brief yet varied program.

Each guest artist has pursued his or her own dance-connected path. Some have gone on to star in well-known companies -- Mr. Rink is a principal dancer with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. Others have gone on to dancing companies of their own invention -- Mr. Micolas is the artistic director of the Doris Humphrey Dance Company.

And others, such as Ms. Peoples and Ms. Muccioli, have elected to bring dance to their communities by teaching and choreographing.

The highlight of the program's six works was Mr. Rink's performance in his solo, "The First Drop." Watching the natural rhythms of the dance evolve from a simple pulsating bounce to a full body undulation was exquisite. Equally impressive was his dance, "It's 1:45," wonderfully performed by Kelly Slough.

Mr. Micolas and Christine Jowers, a fine dramatic dancer, offered two excerpts from Doris Humphrey's work, "Day on Earth."

Ms. People's "Just Get Up and Dance" was a jazzy opening number that featured seven young energetic dancers from Pennsylvania.

"Mo' Money Jam" by Karen Muccioli used the talents of Towson's Children's Dance Program for the 10 young women who jammed and hip-hopped across the floor to the sounds of the group Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

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