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October 18, 2002

Dance Department Pas de Deux October 25

New York City Ballet Dancer Merrill Ashley to Lecture and Give Master Class


Merrill Ashley

When Merrill Ashley retired from the New York City Ballet after an exemplary thirty-one year career spent dancing throughout the world, the Wall Street Journal summed up her career in this way: "[Ashley] basically taught the world how ballet is danced." As this year's Five College dance department's annual residency event, the world renowned New York City Ballet dancer will be teaching Five College students of dance a bit about ballet as well. She will deliver a lecture and lead a master class at MHC on Friday, October 25. The lecture, which will focus on the legacy of George Balanchine, will be from 1:30 to 3 pm in Gamble Auditorium. Beginning at 3:30 pm in Kendall Hall studio, Ashley will work with students on a section of Ballo Della Regina, a ballet choreographed by Balanchine for her. New York critics have described the ballet as a "paean to Ashley's lightning bravura." The dancer's visit to campus is being cosponsored by the Five College dance department and MHC's dance department. The community is welcome to attend the talk and observe the class.

Music and Dance Join Forces in Performance October 25
In a collaboration between the College's music and dance departments, six Five College dance students will perform a new piece titled Sonata 7 in C Major, choreographed by Rose Marie Flachs, associate professor of dance, to the music (of the same title) of Vivaldi as part of the Mount Holyoke Baroque Ensemble's concert. The event will be held Friday, October 25, at 8 pm in Pratt Hall's McCulloch Auditorium. The ensemble is composed of music faculty members Robert Eisenstein, Linda Laderach, and Larry Schipull. In turn, the baroque ensemble will perform at the dance department faculty performance November 7–9.

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