Friday, December 10, 2010

Arts and Entertainment

Eisenhower Dance Ensemble to perform

By Emily Dee

Cardinal Staff

The Eisenhower Dance Ensemble (EDE) will be performing at Saint Mary’s University next semester, according to Laurie Eisenhower, founder and artistic director of the company.

EDE, named after Eisenhower, was founded in 1991 in the metropolitan area of Detroit, Mich. Currently, Eisenhower said the company’s home base is in Rochester, Mich.

According to Eisenhower, EDE is a nationally touring contemporary dance company, but has traveled as far as St. Petersburg, Russia.

Right now, Eisenhower said there are seven dancers involved with the production process. During the process, the dancers rehearse five days a week for a total of 40 weeks for the dancing season.

Annual auditions for new dancers are held in Detroit, Mich.; Chicago, Ill.; and New York City, N.Y., according to Eisenhower. According to the company’s website, dancers with established reputations and professional backgrounds are selected. Eisenhower said the selection process is also dependent upon the availability of positions, and there are sometimes opportunities for apprentices who are chosen to train.

Since the company works with a variety of choreographers, Eisenhower said dancers must have a background in various styles of dance to adapt to the varying dance styles of the choreographers. Even though dancers have already gone through the selection process, Eisenhower said choreographers have a say in selecting dancers for specific roles according the choreographers’ needs and desires.

Selections from one the group’s performances, Dances from the Heart of Rock n Roll, will be part of the show, according to the SMU Page Theatre website. The site listed specific selections from the likes of Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, and Bonnie Raitt.

EDE will be performing Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Page Theatre. Tickets can be purchased through the box office and are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and students.

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