Harrison High weekend festival open to young dancers

The Harrison Dance Company hosts the 11th Annual Oakland Dance Festival November 19, offering dancers ages 13-19 an opportunity to participate in a variety of master classes, including Contemporary, Modern, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Pilates, Yoga, Jazz, and Musical Theater Dance.

Performance opportunities are also available for dancers wishing to showcase their solos, duets, or ensemble choreography for feedback from college representatives.

The Oakland Dance Festival is open to the public, and interested dancers may register online at eventbrite.com. High School juniors and seniors with an interest in pursuing dance in college can visit with representatives from Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Henry Ford College, Western Michigan University, Wayne State University, Marygrove College, Hope College, Ball State University, Oakland University, and University of Michigan.
On-site Entrance/Recruitment and Scholarship Auditions will be held for participating colleges and select summer intensive programs.

Joined by Artlab J, Kristi Faulkner Dance, and Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, the American Dance Festival will be coming from the campus of Duke University to provide scholarship opportunities for dancers interested in continuing their dance studies throughout the summer. And new this year, the theater departments at Wayne State University and Eastern Michigan University (EMU) invite prospective theater majors to audition for entrance and scholarships. A special Theater/Musical Theater Audition Prep class, taught by Phil Simmons (EMU Theater Professor), will be offered for students ages 13-19. To register for audition and classes, visit eventbrite.com.

The College Showcase Concert, which features participating college dance departments, will conclude the festival. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m., and $5 tickets can be purchased at the door.

For more information, contact Toi Banks at 248-426-1167 or write to harrison.dance@gmail.com.

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