Sprout: An evening of dance

Posted: Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Weber Dance Company and Juneau Dance Unlimited will present Sprout, an evening of dances at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Friday, Aug. 21.

Courtesy Of Juneau Dance Unlimited
Courtesy Of Juneau Dance Unlimited

"It's very good modern dance," said Janice Hurley, artistic director of Juneau Dance Unlimited. "I think there's something for everyone."

The modern dance concert, which features various individual dances rather than one storyline, includes classic modern dance and social commentary, Hurley said.

The dances are choreographed by Dr. Jody Weber, founder and artistic director of Weber Dance Company. The company is based in Boston, Mass.

Sprout is the new piece being performed by the Weber Dance Company, but there will also be pieces by local students and a revised version of "Of Bones and Marrow," which they first performed in Juneau last year. There are 17 local dancers in the performance.

"Everyone has worked really hard," Hurley said. "No one has missed a class."

This is the second year that Weber has come to Juneau for a two-week intensive dance program and a performance.

Becca Rozell, a member of the company, was born and raised in Juneau. She was a student of Sybil Davis and Janice Holst and was on the high school dance team.

Rozell returned to visit Juneau for the summer four years ago and approached Hurley about doing hip hop, jazz and modern classes. And the next year Rozell approached the JDU about hosting the Weber Dance Company here.

Hurley said that last year was very successful and the Weber Dance Company requested to come back to Juneau.

The show will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $5 and are available at the Juneau Dance Unlimited office, the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, Hearthside Books and at the door.

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