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Student participates in SRU’s student dance concert Nov. 12

SLIPPERY ROCK — Slippery Rock University’s Department of Dance hosted its inaugural Fresh Moves Student Concert Nov. 12 via a livestream on the department’s YouTube channel.

The Fresh Moves Student Concert, formerly known as the Fall Concert, was conducted virtually this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The name change, according to Lindsay Viatori, an assistant professor of dance and the concert’s artistic director, was made to “more appropriately represent what the concert is and what it features.”

“The concert, just like before, is a really wonderful program highlighting the creative research of our students,” said Viatori. “It is a platform for students who have completed prerequisite courses to hone their choreographic skills, to explore new concepts outside of the classroom setting, and to look at the ways they want to work in the field of dance.

“The concert is especially meant to showcase the strong work of choreographers who are still solidifying ideas, or are in a phase of development where we hope they continue to refine their work.”

Performances for the show were selected based on auditions. Initially, junior and senior student choreographers submitted letters of intent and, if accepted to move forward in the process, audition other students to participate in their pieces. Group works were limited to six students or fewer, including the choreographer, to ensure social distancing could be maintained in rehearsal areas.

The auditioning process included a group of 29 choreographers and 75 dancers, auditioning for student directors. A total of 15 groups met the requirements to perform in the show.

Student choreographers include Anna DeRubeis from Altoona.

Students showcased their work through prerecorded segments during the concert.

Many of the students’ used the pandemic, and their experiences with it, as inspiration for their pieces.

Bedford Regional Education Foundation awards scholarships

EVERETT — The Bedford County Regional Education Foundation announces that several area students were awarded scholarships to attend the Allegany College of Maryland Bedford County Campus.

Local students are Kasandra Faulkner, Everett, Bedford County Human Services Council Scholarship.

Madison Cain, Everett, and Brook Troutman, Hopewell, Bedford Rotary Club Scholarship.

Etta Clark, Everett, Bryan R. Hendricks Memorial Scholarship.

Zachary Claycomb, Everett, and Alison Shinall, Everett, Everett Area Alumni Association Scholarship.

Mia Cogan, Everett, and Alyssa Foor, New Enterprise, Everett Cash Mutual Insurance Group Scholarship.

Addison Bagley, Bedford, and Cameryn Grube, Bedford, Robert D. and Bessie Brantner Sponsler Memorial Scholarship.

Through the generosity of individual and corporate donors to the Bedford County Regional Education Foundation, the Allegany College of Maryland Bedford County Campus offers more than $75,000 in scholarships annually.

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