The Eastern Illinois University Dancers will present their annual spring concert -- "Unique Sole" -- at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 8, 9 and 10, in The Theatre in the Doudna Fine Arts Center.
Doors open at 6:30. Admission is free and open to the public.
The concert will feature traditional forms of ballet, modern, tap and jazz to varied musical artists such as Whitney Houston, Colbie Caillat, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Citizen Cope, Enya and the sound track from "Moma Mia."
This university-recognized organization is sponsored by EIU's Department of Kinesiology and Sports Studies, and is under the direction of Jeanna McFarland.
This year's concert features 13 university students with many different majors. Auditions are held in September and rehearsals start immediately for a spring concert.
There has been an annual spring concert sponsored by the Physical Education Department (now kinesiology and sports studies) since 1934; the current group is a continuation of that tradition. Originally the performances consisted of modern dance only. This group was founded in 1981, and has expanded to perform many various dance forms such as ballet, jazz and tap.
McFarland is a graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and furthered her dance studies in New York City at different studios, including those of Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Finus Jung and Luigi. She came to Eastern in 1991 as a faculty member.
"Unique Sole" is a foot-tapping, energetic production and will be enjoyable for all ages. Due to limited seating, audience members will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis.