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Spring Dance Concert Features Variety of Styles

This year’s annual Spring Dance Concert, under the direction of guest artist-in-residence Donna Mejia, will feature premieres of original works by five undergraduate choreographers: Meleta Buckstaff ’09, Cyndal Ellis AC, Katie Green ’09, Julia Hudson ’08, and Rita Iyer ’10.

The concert will take place Thursday through Saturday, April 3-5, at 8 p.m. in Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall Center.

Also featured is a new modern work by Ariel Gonzalez Cohen, MFA and lecturer in the Smith College Dance Department, and a ballet ensemble piece by guest artist and Smith alumna Megan Bonneau McCool. The program offers a diverse selection of dance and music styles and genres, including modern, ballet, tribal fusion, and Bharatanatyam, a traditional, 5,000 year-old South Asian art form.

Tickets ($9, general admission; $5, students/seniors) are available by calling 413-585-ARTS (2787) (seating is limited and the show typically sells out all tickets, so reserve early). For more information, consult

Megan Bonneau McCool
McCool performed professionally with the New York City Ballet as an apprentice after studying as a scholarship student at the Pennsylvania Ballet and the School of American Ballet. She performed as a principal dancer in their workshop performances and received the Mae L. Wein Award for Outstanding Promise. An instructor and choreographer, McCool has worked with ballet schools and dance departments in colleges in the northeast and southeast, primarily in the Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York area. She served as Ballet Mistress for Pioneer Valley Ballet during her college years. Her choreography has been performed at RDA Festivals and at the ACDFA’s National Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C, with collaborator Jennifer Kayle. She is a recipient of the RDA/NE Emerging Choreographer’s Award, a Monticello College Foundation Scholarship, and was an Honoree of “The Choreography Connection.” She holds an MFA in Dance/Choreography and an AB in American Studies from Smith. She currently teaches at Walnut Hill School of the Performing Arts in Connecticut and freelances as a choreographer.

3/28/08   Dance Department press release
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