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Hartnell College Dance Program to Spotlight College's 85th Anniversary

August 30, 2005

Hartnell College student dancers and members of the Antique Moving Company - a local dance company - will present a performance on Wednesday, Sept. 21, to commemorate Hartnell's 85th anniversary of serving the residents of the Salinas Valley.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will be held on the main stage of the Performing Arts Building at 7 p.m.

Titled "Hartnell College: 1920-2005 - In Story and Dance," the program will feature 15 dancers and is an interpretation of social dance through time at Hartnell, including dances from the 1920s through the decades to the present day, according to Megan Morais, Hartnell dance instructor .

"An historical narrative is incorporated into the performance, making it a theatrical presentation based on dance, rather than just a dance performance," she said. "The program depicts not only how historical events, both national and local, affected student life, but also how Hartnell's changing society is reflected in dance," Morais continued.

In addition to her responsibilities as a dance instructor at Hartnell, Morais is a founding member and producer of the Antique Moving Company, and has been performing on stage for 40 years. She trained at the Royal Ballet School, England, and has performed, choreographed and taught throughout the world, including the United Kingdom, Thailand, Australia and the United States.

The Antique Moving Company was formed in 2001 and is a performance outlet for dancers and choreographers over 40 years of age.

For more information on the Sept. 21 program, call John Goodrich, Director of the Antique Moving Company, at (831) 422-2883.