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Where Art Meets Life: Student Dancers Explore Difficult Issues

Georgian Court University Performance Highlights Talented Choreographers, Dancers

Lakewood, N.J., April 11, 2011—Two Georgian Court University performance artists will deliver moving messages of hope and perseverance during “Spotlight Performance: Senior Show,” on Friday, April 15, at 7:00 p.m. in Dance Studio II of the GCU Wellness Center.

Brick resident and GCU dance senior Alexis Seiferling ‘11 will present “You Can Try But…I’ll Always Have HOPE,” which she choreographed as tribute to domestic abuse survivors. “This dance is a reflection of the cycle of domestic violence, inspired by two women living in a local battered women’s shelter, who graciously offered their experiences,” she says.

“There are people who know women who are in abusive situations, and they just turn away,” says Alexis. “I hope audiences will realize that they shouldn’t turn away. Everybody needs somebody in their corner.” The ensemble piece includes dancers David Felicie, Lindsey Garrison, Michaela Mann, Brittaney Napoleon, and William Nash.

Senior Jessica Amoroso ’12 will present “Loss,” which was inspired by the loss of her brother on September 11, 2001. “This dance explores the different physical and emotional stages of grieving,” says Jessica, a resident of Howell. She is joined in the performance by dancers Lindsey Garrison, Carissa Smoler, and Jayme Stark.

The performers are studying dance under the direction of Silvana Cardell, director of the GCU Department of Dance. Admission is free, however, guests are encouraged to bring a donation of one nonperishable food item to benefit Dottie’s House, a transitional housing facility designed to aid women and children who have survived domestic violence. Reservations are not required.

For information, contact Ms. Cardell at or call 732.987.2170. Information about the GCU Department of Dance is also available at

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves nearly 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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