University of South Carolina

Distinguished artist-in-residence to perform 'American at Heart'

The USC Dance Company at the University of South Carolina takes the Koger Center stage Nov. 6 and 7 to showcase American choreographers old and new.

Show times for “American at Heart” are 7:30 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $16 for the public; $14 for military, university faculty and staff; and $10 for students. To purchase, call 803-777-5112 or charge by phone at 803-251-2222.

Distinguished artist-in-residence Kyra Strasberg, in her first performance since retiring in 2000 from a 15-year career with the Boston Ballet, is the featured dancer in “If At First We Dream,” the tango-inspired original work by artist/instructor Thaddeus Davis. She will play the role of grande dame to a company of three male and 10 female dancers and will dance to André Previn’s violin-and-piano piece, “Tango Song and Dance.”

Also on the program is George Balanchine’s “Serenade,” the first original ballet he created after arriving in America from Paris in 1933.

“‘Serenade’ is one of the signature works of the New York City Ballet and, I think, one of the most amazing ballets ever,” said Stacey Calvert, distinguished artist-in-residence and ballet instructor. “It’s incredibly spiritual, and it feels like heaven for a dancer to do this piece. And since Balanchine originally created and set it on his own students, it’s an amazing piece to set on our student company.”

“Bach Cello Suites,” by Luis Dominguez of Kentucky’s Lexington Ballet, consists of six movements, including the familiar “Prelude,” which has been featured in recent TV shows and movies, including “The West Wing,” “The Pianist” and “The Soloist.”

For more information on “American at Heart,” contact Kevin Bush at 803-777-9353 or

“American at Heart”

  • What: USC Dance Company showcase of great American choreographers
  • Who: Distinguished artist-in-residence Kyra Strasberg to be featured dancer
  • When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 and 7
  • Where: Koger Center for the Arts

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Posted: 11/02/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 11/02/09 @ 8:31 AM | Permalink