[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] Making Change for Better Communities Through Dance

Jumatatu Poe jumatatup at gmail.com
Thu Sep 15 09:33:45 EDT 2016

Please join the Swarthmore College Community for
*Making Change for Better Communities Through Dance*

Swarthmore College’s Department of Music and Dance will host a public
celebration to honor former Dance program director Sharon Friedler’s work
and retirement on *Saturday October 1, 2016, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm* in the Lang
Performing Arts Center’s, Pearson Hall Theater (address below).  This event, “Making Change
for Better Communities Through Dance", will include faculty, alumni, staff,
and students.   There will be live dance, video, and the spoken word to
offer a well-rounded glimpse into the numerous contributions that Sharon
has made to the field of dance and to Swarthmore College’s community over
the years. Among the highlights: performances by four alumni of the Dance
program who have gone on to distinctive international careers in the dance
world; a presentation by a fifth alumna who is one of the leading dance
scholars in the U.S.; and a performance by Sharon’s Dance for PD group
(Parkinson Disease), accompanied by live music.

Sharon Friedler served as Director of Swarthmore College’s globally focused
dance program from 1985 until her retirement from the college this past
Spring.  During her time at Swarthmore, she created and taught the
College’s Arts as Social Change course, an extension of her career
commitment to the union of art, social justice, and peace. Sharon
introduced The Swarthmore Project to the college, creating yearly residency
opportunities for local choreographers and their performers.  Her
book, *DancingFemale: Lives and Issues of Women in Contemporary Dance*, co-edited with
Susan B. Glazer, joins a long list of published articles and papers on
topics ranging from academic uses of technology for dance curricula, to
traditional and contemporary practices of Ghanaian dance. Please join us at
Swarthmore College October 1st to honor Sharon’s rich legacy, and celebrate
her next steps beyond Swarthmore.

Lang Performing Arts Center
Swarthmore College
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081

FREE and no reservations necessary

please contact Susan Grossi at sgrossi1 at swarthmore.edu <mailto:sgrossi1 at swarthmore.edu> with questions

Jumatatu M. Poe
Artist, of the dance persuasion
jumatatup at gmail.com

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