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FSU to Offer Fourth Annual Frostburg Summer Dance Retreat

Frostburg State University's Division of Performing Arts, in cooperation with the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, Inc., will offer the fourth annual Frostburg Summer Dance Retreat (FSDR), a Martha Graham Summer Intensive. Scheduled from June 9 through 21, the retreat will be directed by founder Dr. Barry Fischer, associate professor of dance at FSU.

The Frostburg Student Dance Retreat offers a two-week intensive study with professional dancers who have performed the repertory of America's renowned dance legend, Martha Graham. Students will be challenged to explore their technical, creative and artistic skills and talents. Rotating classes in ballet, composition and repertory will be small to permit individualized instruction, communication and support. The retreat will also offer make-up and costuming workshops and lectures about Martha Graham and her influence on contemporary dance.

The staff includes Fischer, Diane Gray, Stuart Hodes, Peggy Lyman and Kenneth Topping. Fischer holds a B.S. in dance from the State University College of Brockport, an M.F.A. in dance from Florida State University and an Ed.D. in dance from New York University. He has coordinated the Mid-Atlantic American College Dance Festivals in 1999 and 2001 on the FSU campus. Gray is a graduate in dance from the Juilliard School and has taught extensively. She has been active in the Martha Graham Company in many capacities, including serving as an associate artistic director, and has been a director of the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. A former dance partner of Graham, Hodes has taught at the Martha Graham School since the 1950s, served as its director and is now dean of students. He has choreographed works for many media and has written magazine articles and a book on choreography. Lyman, a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company, is chair of the Hartt School's Dance Division at the University of Hartford and teaches at the Martha Graham Center in New York. She also restages Graham ballets for dance companies around the world. Returning to Frostburg for a third year as a FSDR faculty member, Topping is director of the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance and artistic director of the Martha Graham Dance Ensemble. He has performed as a principal dancer and continues to teach in Europe, South America and throughout the United States.

The FSDR is open to students age 16 and older with an intermediate or advanced level of training in modern dance or ballet. An audition is not required. Students may choose a half retreat from June 9 -14 or the full retreat from June 9 - 21. Dancers attend two to three classes per day, Monday through Friday. Those who attend the full retreat will have the opportunity to perform in a final gala performance.

Classes will be held in FSU's contemporary Performing Arts Center and in the dance studio of the Cordts Physical Education Center, which features a Gerstung sprung floor, eight-foot mirrors and a professional sound system. Many classes are accompanied by professional musicians.

Residential students will be housed in residence halls on the FSU campus. Each room has a microwave and mini-refrigerator. A private student lounge with a TV/VCR and Internet service will also be available. Dancers will serve as resident advisors for around-the-clock guidance and support. The housing fee includes a double-occupancy room and daily meals.

Applications and requests for registration materials are available from Fischer, who can be reached at (301) 687-4730 or

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

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