Dance Ensemble Spring Concert presents Synapse


The Drexel Dance Ensemble, in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Art and Design’s Department of Performing Arts, will present their spring concert, ”Synapse,” on May 29, 30 and 31. Synapse is based on the concept of quickly developing ideas and will be realized in 11 pieces.  This performance will feature 57 Drexel student dancers.

Three dance professionals will work with the Dance Ensemble to perform their choreography including Olive Prince, Drexel Dance Professor; Manfred Fischbeck, Director of Group Motion Dance Company; and Lauren Putty White, a company member of Philadanco and recipient of the Ellen Forman Memorial Award, of the Philadelphia Foundation.  The Ellen Forman Memorial Award allows for one choreographer to work with the Drexel Dance Ensemble to perform a piece on the spring concert, in memory of Philadelphia dance pioneer Ellen Forman.  This year’s recipient, White, will offer a dance with a “light” look on childhood through numerous scenes accompanied by music from The Muppets.

Following tradition, the eight remaining pieces on the program feature student choreographers.  A dance solo by Meg Knotts, a senior dance major, is based on the introspective process of drawing a life map, marking significant landmarks through movement.  Sophomore dance major, Karly Bais, will present her choreography in a piece that explores what happens when the body can betray you.

The Drexel Dance Ensemble is a professional caliber dance company presenting two fully-produced concerts in the Mandell Theater each year, performing for more than 1,000 people each season. Participation in the dance ensembles allows for the students of Drexel to connect to the artistic community, indulge in the creative process, and perhaps, expand their cultural scope.

Synapse will be presented on May 29, 30 and 31 at 8:00 PM in the Mandell Theater at 33rd and Chestnut Streets.  Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students.  Tickets may be purchased in advance at or by calling 215-895-ARTS.

For additional information, please visit the Drexel Dance website at

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