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Austin Peay State University played host to the Middle Tennessee Regional Dance Gala


On Saturday evening the best in dance from across Middle  Tennessee converged on Austin Peay State University in the middle of Historic Downtown Clarksville, TN to perform in the Tennessee Association of Dance’s Middle  (TAD) Tennessee Regional Gala. The 2010 Regional Gala highlights professional Dance Companies and University Ensembles  in the Middle Tennessee area. This years competition included performances from APSU’s Dance Ensemble, Belmont University/Epiphany, Company Rose, Middle Tennessee State University, the Nashville Ballet, Nashville in Motion, Stillpoint Dance Theatre, and the Vanderbilt Dance Theatre.

The Gala was part of the Tennessee Association of Dance’s 41st annual statewide conference which included a weekend of dance featuring master classes and seminars with nationally known dance artists.  It is their mission to ensure that dance is a vital and respected part of the life of all Tennesseans.

Vanderbilt Dance Theatre performing Le Corsaire: Dance of the Odalisques

Vanderbilt Dance Theatre performing Le Corsaire: Dance of the Odalisques

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Pippin has a little “magic to do” at the Trahern Theatre


We’ve got magic to do, just for you. We’ve got miracle plays to play. We’ve got parts to perform, hearts to warm. Kings and things to take by storm. As we go along our way.

pippinSo begins the story of Pippin, a young man seeking his way in the world. This young man just happens to be the son of Emperor Charlemagne. Pippin knows with all his heart that there are great things in store for his life, but he has a hard time figuring out just what they may be. So he sets off to figure out the purpose of his life. Along the way Pippin is manipulated into a variety of situations by the mysterious Leading Player. Intrigue, plots to bring disaster! Humor, handled by a master! Romance, sex presented pastorally! Illusion, fantasy to study! Battles, barbarous and bloody!

The leading player is being played by Chris Hardin an assistant professor of voice and movement at APSU. He brings an intensity to the role worthy of Ben Vereen from the 1973 Broadway Production.

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