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Hip-hop, jazz, classical all on tap at Pacific U

Dance and music concerts cover a wide range of genres


by: PHOTO BY JENNIFER CAMP - Pacific senior Emily Abramson and junior Olin Blackmore will dance in the choreographers concert.If you’re looking for an entertaining evening out, close to home, take advantage of upcoming dance, jazz and orchestra performances at Pacific University.

Dancers take to the stage three nights this week, performing in the Eleventh Annual Autumn Choreographers’ Concert. Dance department faculty, students, returning students and guest artists will perform both classical and contemporary dance pieces at Tom Miles Theatre on the Forest Grove campus. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14, 15 and 16.

Featured works include a hip-hop infused contemporary piece by guest choreographer Jocelyn Edelstein and “The Spectacle,” choreographed by dance major Emily Abramson as her Senior Capstone Project.

Edelstein is a choreographer, filmmaker and writer working in Portland, and founder of the Urban Body Project, a multi-media company that explores the relationship between dance, culture and community. Her upcoming documentary, “Believe the Beat,” follows a group of teenage hip-hop dancers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

She studied at The Hip Hop Dance Conservatory in New York and teaches at Polaris Contemporary Dance in Portland.

Abramson, now in her last year at Pacific’s dance department, began dancing at age 3, training with Columbia Dance Company and Evergreen Dance Academy in Vancouver, Wash. She has danced various roles, including Clara and the Snow Queen in “The Nutcracker” and Swanilda’s Friend in “Coppélia.” A past winner of the Weiler Choreography Competition, her work was performed in the Emerging Choreographer’s Concert sponsored by Regional Dance America/Pacific.

Dancers include department head Jennifer Camp and teacher Mary Hunt. Student choreographers presenting work include Olin Blackmore, Berkley Holzchuh, Sara Whitehead, and Camielle Westfall.

Also on Friday, Nov. 15, the Pacific University Jazz Band and Saxophone Ensemble presents “the hottest jazz of the semester.” Directed by Steve Kravits, the band promises numbers by all your favorite jazz composers. Show time is 7:30 p.m. in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center.

The following Friday, Nov. 22, the Pacific Philharmonic and Chamber Ensembles take to the stage at Taylor-Meade. Directed by Dr. Bryce Seliger, students, faculty and community members will present “Rockin’ the Symphony.” The program includes work by Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Rimsky-Korsakov, Albinoni, and St. Saens.

The free performance starts as 7:30 p.m.




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