The Eastern Illinois University Dancers will present their annual spring concert -- "With Heart and Sole" -- at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29, on the stage in McAfee Gym.
Doors open 30 minutes before curtain. Admission is free, and open to the public.
The concert will feature traditional forms of modern, ballet, tap and jazz to varied musical artists such as Tori Amos, Lenny Kravitz, the Pointer Sisters and Bruce Springsteen.
The EIU Dancers, a university-recognized organization, is sponsored by the university's Department of Kinesiology and Sports Studies, and is under the direction of Jeanna McFarland. This year's group is composed of 213 university students, representing many different majors. Auditions for the group are held in September, and rehearsals start immediately for a spring concert.
There has been an annual spring concert sponsored by what was once known as the Department of Physical Education since 1932; the current group is a continuation of that tradition. Originally the performances consisted of modern dance only. Today, the EIU Dancers perform many various dance forms.
McFarland, a graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, 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 1981, and is a faculty member in the kinesiology department.