University of South Carolina

Dance performance to feature classics and contemporary pieces

The University of South Carolina Dance Company presents its first main stage concert of the 2009 - 10 season, “On the Edge: Classics to Contemporary,” Oct. 2 - 3 at the Koger Center for the Arts.

Performance time is 7:30 p.m. both evenings. Tickets are available at the Carolina Coliseum box office or by calling 803-251-2222. Prices are $16 for the public; $14 for military, university faculty and staff and seniors 60 and older; and $10 for students.

The show will include a performance of the demanding second act of the romantic ballet, “Giselle,” the first time the company will have ever mounted an entire act of a classic ballet.

“USC Dance Company is poised and ready to tackle the balletomanes’ favorite romantic ballet,” said Susan Anderson, the company’s artistic director. “It takes an exquisite and technical corps de ballet to match the jewelling technique of the principal dancers. We now have dance majors from all over the country who can rise to the occasion. It’s an exciting time for us to see this level of technical excellence.”

In “Giselle,” the title character’s heart is broken by a duplicitous nobleman, causing her untimely death. In the second act, also known as the “white act” for its traditionally all-white costuming, the ghost of Giselle appears to the nobleman, who begs forgiveness for his wrongdoing.

Distinguished artist-in-residence Kyra Strasberg, who performed the piece with the Boston Ballet, will stage the choreography of Marius Petipa, who adapted the original work of Jules Perrot. Performing the title role will be junior dance major Olivia Anderson.

“I have been studying for this moment all my life,” said Anderson. “It is a great honor to be coached by Kyra Strasberg.”

The contemporary portion of the program will include “Thresholds v. 2.2,” by choreographer Alan Hineline, and “Stout Breakdown,” choreographed by dance instructor Tanya Wideman-Davis.

Hineline describes “Thresholds,” created for the Dayton Ballet in 2007, as “an angular and fast-paced work that pushes classical ballet to its edges.” Hineline, former artistic director for Ballet Phillipines, visited the university’s new dance studios in late August to set the piece alongside associate artistic director Stacey Calvert.

“Stout Breakdown” is described by choreographer Tanya Wideman-Davis as “a piece created to get our dancers to explore movement from an uninhibited place. I want the dancers to have the experience where they take ownership of the steps they are given and live and breathe them until they become their own.”

For more information on this or other performances by the USC Dance Company, contact Kevin Bush at 803-777-9353 or e-mail at, or go to

‘On the Edge: Classics to Contemporary’

  • What: Dance performance
  • When: Oct. 2 - 3, 7:30 p.m. both nights
  • Where: Koger Center for the Arts

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Posted: 09/28/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 09/28/09 @ 12:46 PM | Permalink