Coker Faculty and Guest Artist Dance Concert Dates Set

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Nov. 6, 2013 – The Coker College Dance Program will present its annual Faculty and Guest Artist Dance Concert Nov. 21-23 in the Watson Theater of Coker’s Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center. Each show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for non-Coker students and senior citizens and free for those with a Coker ID.

Six diverse dances will be presented, ranging from theatrical and humorous to introspective and poetic. The concert features choreography from Coker dance program coordinator Angela Gallo, assistant professors of dance Kristin Hapke and Meredith Sims, adjunct faculty member Heather Watkins and guest dance company Adele Meyers and Dancers. Performers include the Coker College Repertory Dance Company, a pre-professional dance company, and 18 dance majors.

The Dancing Room, which was choreographed by Adele Myers and Dancers, projects the pure joy of dance. This energetic work brims with robust athleticism and tends toward a humanist perspective that emphasizes people dancing, not simply dancers moving. According to Roy C. Dicks of the News Observer, “The work’s uplifting exuberance lingers long after the curtain falls.” Dancer Kelli Lynch from Myers’ company recently taught this work to Coker students during an extended residency at the college. Adele Myers and Dancers will return in April to perform their latest work, Einstein’s Happiest Thought.

The Coker College Repertory Dance Company will perform Sole, a sultry, upbeat jazz piece choreographed by Sims, who takes inspiration from legendary theater dance choreographer Jack Cole. Sims will also present a quirky, highly energetic group piece titled Knick Knack and inspired by "knick knacks" found around a home.

Tracking by Hapke is a highly physical quintet with aggressive partnering and suspended lifts that pushes the mental and physical endurance of the dancers. Originally created in 2004, Tracking was presented at The Kennedy Center during the American College Dance Festival, where it earned Hapke a nomination for ACDF/Dance Magazine Outstanding Choreographer Award.

Gallo’s Out of View, an introspective and fluid contemporary dance work, intertwines dancers as they explore what is hidden and what becomes revealed. Illuminating the subconscious is the thematic material underlining Heather Watkins Little Spoon. This intimate and fluid duet first began as an underwater aesthetic study and continues to embody the aspect of reflection.

Immediately following Friday night’s performance, choreographers will hold a Q&A session. For more information or questions about tickets, contact Gallo at 843-383-8381 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

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