Brenau dancers showcase varied themes in choreography for weekend performances

May 4, 2011
Rudi Kiefer

Five senior dance majors at Brenau University will perform their own creative works during their final thesis presentation April 15-17 at Hosch Theater in the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts on the Gainesville campus.

Performances, which are open to the public ($6 for adults and $4 for seniors, students and children) are Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 17, at 2 p.m.

Our Steady Journey
Our Steady Journey

The concert features the works of Claran Collins of Albany, Ga., Danyelle Fiorentino of Dawsonville, Ga., Pamela Riddle of Douglasville, Ga., Emily Wilbanks of Jefferson, Ga., and Brelin Zimmerman of Cumming, Ga.

These senior thesis capstone projects showcase various themes, including the rise and fall of the Persian Empire influenced by Fiorentino’s family heritage; strengths and weaknesses of the African-American woman, featuring spoken text directed by Riddle; and the importance of preserving our environment – Wilbanks’ view on human’s carbon footprint.

Zimmerman’s take on judgment and body image as seen through the eyes of the ballet world will be performed by guest dancers from the Gainesville Ballet Company. The influence of colors on the human condition is examined by Collins in her piece “Collide-a-Scope.”

For additional information, contact Dance Professor Jolie Long at (770) 538-4757 or

Also published in Brenau Update.

Originally published on 4/12/11