Coker Dance Presents the Spring Student Choreography Showcase

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Apr. 7, 2014 – The Coker College Dance Program will present its annual Spring Student Choreography Showcase April 10, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Watson Theater of the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center.

The concert features the senior thesis projects of Dache’ Green and Italy Welton.

“This showcase will highlight extended choreographic works by two senior dance majors,” said Angela M. Gallo, associate professor of dance and coordinator of Coker’s dance program. “Their capstone thesis projects showcase the knowledge gained over four years, which includes mastery of dance techniques, higher-order thinking and criticism skills and creative problem-solving.”

Green's piece, "Leisurely Dreams of the Lambs,” explores human trafficking. The dance is a trio of sophisticated movement that shows aspects of femininity and suffrage. The dance premiered at the South Carolina SCDancing Festival in Charleston on March 18.

Welton's piece, "Nostalgia: out of one's mind," examines the issue of victimization. The athletic and aggressive choreography is heightened by the dancers wearing masks to hide their identity. The dance premiered at the American College Dance Festival at Georgia College in Milledgeville, Ga. on March 21.

“Dache’ and Italy not only dance skillfully and artfully, but they are also able to discuss and analyze dance in a scholarly manner. As they are about to graduate with a degree in dance, they are ready for both performance-related work and additional study at the graduate level,” said Gallo.

In addition, this concert will showcase the works of other Coker dance majors, including junior Ashley Lesage and sophomores Cierra Stinson, Darrell Daney and Midori Darr.

The piece "Turn Out The Black Light" was choreographed by guest artist Teena Marie Custer. Custer is a dancer and hip hop theater artist based in Pittsburgh, Pa. She created this hip hop and house dance for the Coker Repertory Dance Company.

Other student choreography includes group pieces "Due To Unforeseen Events" by Cierra Stinson and "Collision" by Ashley LeSage, duets "Turn To You" by Midori Darr and "Percuss, Defy, Settle...What We Have Been Through" by Italy Welton and Dache’ Green and solo "Inhale, Exhale" by Darrell Daney.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Admission for Coker students, faculty and staff is free with a Coker ID.

For more information, please contact Angela M. Gallo at 843-383-8381 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The dance major at Coker College offers students a broad range of courses that prepare them for several career options in dance and provides opportunities for students to enter into advanced professional dance training. The mission of the dance program, within the context of a liberal arts degree program, ensures graduates are prepared both for performance-related work and for additional study at the graduate level.


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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