University of Pittsburgh
March 17, 2010

Pitt Dance Ensemble to Present "Verbatim" March 25-27

Annual spring dance program includes ballet, jazz, tap, and modern dance

Sharon Blake


Cell: 412-277-6926

PITTSBURGH-The University of Pittsburgh Dance Ensemble will present "Verbatim"-a formal dance program of works created by Pitt students and professional guest choreographers-at 8:15 p.m. March 25-27 at the Trees Hall Dance Studio, Trees Hall, Alequippa and Darragh streets, Oakland. A $6 donation for general admission and a $3 donation for students is requested at the door. For more information, call 412-648-8262.

Dances choreographed by Pitt students include "A Dot in the Eye of Jessica," a poignant performance about recovery following the loss of a loved one, and "Breaking the Wall," a high-energy tap dance featuring 10 students tapping to the music of Fatboy Slim.

Professionally choreographed pieces include "Finding Oz," by Michelle Hall Dawson, formerly with the Dance Alloy Theater in Pittsburgh. The piece uses a montage of music and text by poet Pablo Neuroda. It was performed last month at the American College Dance Festival at Mercyhurst College. Also featured is "Blue and Gold Concerto," with the music of George Gershwin's "Piano Concerto in F," choreographed by Mara Mandrajieff, a dancer with Bodiography.

The director of the Pitt Dance Ensemble since 1978 is Susan Gillis-Kruman, a faculty member in Pitt's School of Education.