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Dance Fusion 2007 Features West Coast Company, Local Favorites

Dance Fusion 2007 Features West Coast Company, Local Favorites

October 26, 2007 - Nationally-renowned Janice Garrett & Dancers, a San Francisco company, will be special performers at Dance Fusion 2007 at Collin College.

Dance Fusion 2007 will also feature the Collin Dance Ensemble, Elledanceworks Dance Company and Muscle Memory Dance Theatre. Performances will be at 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9 and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, at the John Anthony Theatre, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano.

Janice Garrett had more than 20 years of experience as a dance artist and choreographer when she started Janice Garrett & Dancers in 2002 in the San Francisco Bay area. The company has performed throughout the Bay Area, Los Angeles, as well as having completed three tours to the Midwest. The company was honored in January 2004 as one of Dance Magazine's "Twenty Five to Watch." Janice Garrett & Dancers will perform "Brink," "Fat Brass," and "Archimedes' Revenge."

The Collin Dance Ensemble, the resident performing company for Collin College, under the direction of Tiffanee Arnold, tours throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area performing in local concerts and festivals such as The Dallas Dance Festival, The Fort Worth Dance Festival: Up and Running, Dances at a Gathering at the Eisemann Center, The University of Texas at Dallas, Allen Dance Festival and Dallas' Dance for the Planet. The dance company attends and performs at the American College Dance Festival annually and has been selected for the Gala Performance at that festival five times. Former residencies include Battleworks Dance Company from New York, Pilobolus Too of the Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble from Michigan, Elledanceworks Dance Company from Dallas and Taylor 2 of Paul Taylor Dance Company. Dance auditions for Collin Dance Ensemble are held prior to the fall semester. The Collin Dance Ensemble will perform "Conspirae" and a work choreographed by Janice Garrett.

In addition to Collin Dance Ensemble, Collin College's dance program has a strong reputation for excellence in dance education, choreography and performance, propelling students into prestigious university dance programs. The associate of arts degree with electives in dance curriculum includes multiple levels of ballet, modern, jazz, tap, dance appreciation, improvisation, choreography and performance classes.

In the fall of 1997, Ronelle Eddings and Michele Hanlon met and were inspired to join energies in the co-production of a dance event. The chemistry was dynamic and the one-time project became Elledanceworks Dance Company, now in its 11th season. Over the past 10 years, the company has performed extensively, bringing quality choreography and performance into a variety of settings. Education is highly valued among the directors and members of Elledanceworks. Six of nine performers are dance education specialists currently or recently working in local universities, colleges and school districts. During most of its seasons, Elledanceworks presented local and out of state choreographers and companies with the aim of enriching the experience of live dance for audience and performers alike. Elledanceworks has toured to Arizona and has presented workshops as far away as New Mexico. Elledanceworks is a 501c3 Nonprofit Corporation and is available for performances, educational outreach and workshop experiences. Currently, Elledanceworks is the professional dance company-in-residence at Collin College and provides master classes, workshops and choreography for the Collin College dance student population. The company will perform "Wavering Reflections."

Muscle Memory Dance Theatre was established in 2005 as a project-directed organization by co-artistic directors Lesley Snelson-Figueroa and Amy L. Ross, who, after earning master of fine arts degrees in dance from Texas Woman's University, seized the opportunity to utilize the immense talent of dance artists emerging from Dallas and Fort Worth universities. Muscle Memory Dance Theatre seeks to provide local performance and choreographic opportunities for these dance artists. Muscle Memory Dance Theatre will perform "Under the Yellow Sky."

Tickets for Dance Fusion 2007 are $8 general admission and $5 for senior citizens and students. All tickets will be solid at the door.

For more information about Dance Fusion 2007, call 972.881.5107.

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.