`Dance for Life' to benefit church

November 22, 2001|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

"Glorious the song when God's the theme," said 18th-century poet Christopher Smart in his "Song to David."

The committee overseeing the Performing Arts Ministry of St. Philips Episcopal Church in Annapolis couldn't agree more, which is why they are dedicated to providing the public with entertaining concerts and shows that have an uplifting and redeeming quality.

In keeping with that theme, St. Philips shifts its congregational focus to Key Auditorium on the St. John's College campus Sunday, when its Performing Arts Ministry will present "Dance for Life," a recital by choreographer, dancer and teacher Anton Wilson and a troupe of his talented colleagues.

Curtain is at 3 p.m.

Born in Annapolis, Wilson began dance studies with Anne Waugh Allen and with Edward Stewart, artistic director of the Capital City's own Ballet Theatre of Maryland. After graduating from the North Carolina School of the Arts, Wilson was engaged by Les Ballets Trocadero of Monte Carlo.

Wilson, who has danced, taught and choreographed in Japan, Germany and the Netherlands, now teaches ballet and modern dance at the Baltimore School for the Arts. He also performs regularly in New York City.

Joining Wilson at Sunday's recital will be Anmarie Toloumis, Jeffrey Watson, Leslie Bradley, Sara Cincotta, Sandra Lacy and the Stephanie Powell Dance Ensemble.

Other events in St. Philips' Performing Arts Ministry Series include: "A Kwanzaa Celebration" from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 29; "The Steve Key Contemporary Gospel Singers" on Feb. 10; and "Dramatic Vignettes on the Theme of Mothers and Daughters" in April.

All events in the series raise money for St. Philips' Family Life Center, a facility designed for meetings, retreats, conferences, receptions and other social events. The newly constructed center, next to the church at Bestgate Road and Severn Grove Road in Annapolis, features three classrooms and a banquet hall capable of seating 250.

Proceeds from Sunday's dance recital by Anton Wilson and Friends will be used to enhance the center and for its associated outreach programs. A reception will follow the performance.

Admission to the recital is $20, or $15 for seniors and $10 for students. Groups of 10 or more will receive a discount. Information: 410-841-6717 or 410-647-3147.

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