University of San Francisco’s Performing Arts Department Presents Fall Dance Show

SAN FRANCISCO (Nov. 6, 2013)

The University of San Francisco’s Performing Arts Department today announced this fall’s Dance Ensemble show entitled “Real Time.” The evening performances of modern dance will take place Nov. 14, 15 and 16 at 8:00 p.m. in the Lone Mountain Studio Theater. Each show will feature original student performances and artist collaborations that create engaging and thought-provoking performances.

This semester the USF Dance Ensemble is comprised of 28 students, many of whom are pursuing a degree in Performing Arts and Social Justice. These students will be working alongside Bay Area choreographers Amie Dowling, Natalie Greene, Andrew Ward, Melecio Estrella, and Leyya Mona Tawil to create and perform original pieces. Guest artist and NYC Bessie Award-winning dancer Joanna Haigood will present her company Zaccho Dance Theatre in “Dying While Black and Brown,” a piece that explores the death penalty and its impact on people of color.

“The ensemble is unique because our students are able to combine their physical passion of dance with their intellectual, empathetic, and dynamic selves,” said Megan Nicely, assistant professor of dance at USF. “Their ability to perform on these multiple planes speaks to the USF dance program’s strong vision of social justice in the world.”

Event Details

What: Dance Ensemble Fall 2013 Concert “Real Time,” an evening of modern dance.
When: Performances will take place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday--November 14, 15 and 16 at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Studio Theater on the USF Lone Mountain campus (2800 Turk Blvd. between Masonic and Parker in San Francisco).
Information: Tickets are $5.00 with USF ID and $10.00 for the general public.

About USF Dance

The Performing Arts and Social Justice major is the first and only undergraduate program of its kind in the nation. The Department of Performing Arts and Social Justice at USF is deeply committed to the training and development of young artists fully engaged with the social issues that affect our lives. USF provides a training program in dance, music, and theater, with a core community component and a space for critical reflection, based on the conviction that the arts, and the artists who practice them, do not exist in a vacuum, but are active participants in the process of shaping our culture.

About the University of San Francisco

The University of San Francisco is located in the heart of one of the world's most innovative and stunning cities and is home to a vibrant academic community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields. Its diverse student body enjoys direct access to faculty, small classes, and outstanding opportunities in the city itself. USF is San Francisco's first university, and its Jesuit Catholic mission helps ignite a student's passion for social justice and a desire to “Change the World from Here.” For more information, please visit

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