Etcetera - 07/06/11

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There's a new "kid" in town preparing to debut with a show July 29. The curtain raise on the first Walla Walla Summer Dance Festival at 7 p.m. in Cordiner Hall on the Whitman College campus.

It's rooted in the 41-year-old Summer Dance Lab at Whitman. "While the Lab provides an intensive conservatory training environment for young dancers from across the nation, the Festival will present top professional dancers in performance," according to the release.

The performance program will include Almost Mozart, choreographed by Kudelka, music by Mozart, performed by two principal dancers of Oregon Ballet Theater; a world premiere choreographed by Anne Mueller, performed by two OBT principal dancers and apprentice students of Summer Dance Lab; Giselle, Act 3 Pas De Deux: choreographed by Petipa, music by Adam, performed by two principal dancers of Eugene Ballet; Duet, choreographed by Donald Byrd, performed by two principal dancers of Seattle's Spectrum Dance Theater; and Duet performed by Walla Walla native Peter de Grasse, soloist at Staatstheatre, Darmstadt, Germany, and Summer Dance Lab faculty member Allie Keppel.

Dance styles will include classical ballet, jazz, modern, tap, theatre, and hip-hop. The Festival aims to introduce young people to the magic of the dance so all performances will be family-friendly. New, up-and-coming choreographers will be presented by the Festival in coming years.

Tickets are available at Whitman College Bookstore, Earthlight Books and at the door. Admission prices are: $20 for adults; $10 for seniors and students; and, $40 per family (including two adults and up to three children).

See www.wallawalla-summerdancefestival.org for more about the festival.

Names of students who have made the Oregon State University scholastic honor roll spring term have been announced.

A total of 632 students earned straight-A 4.0 GPAs and another 2,873 earned a B-plus 3.5 or better to make the listing.

To be on the roll, students must carry at least 12 graded hours of course work. From Walla Walla: straight-A average, Jessica C. Hansen, senior, anthropology; and students with a 3.5 or better: Zachary T. Meyer, sophomore, exercise and sport science; Peter B. Rindal, freshman, pre-computer science; Sheila J. Thurber, senior, biology; Christy L. Turner, senior, applied visual arts.

University of Portland added three Walla Walla residents to the 2011 spring semester dean's list: Molly Cochran, sophomore, organizational communication; Krista Morasch, senior, organizational communication; and Valerie Schiller, sophomore, political science.

Students need at least a 3.5 GPA to be eligible.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.

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