TROY dancers share stage at Alabama Dance Festival

Posted: Wednesday, 14 January 2015

TROY - Troy University DANCE members will perform with internationally acclaimed Kyle Abraham during the Alabama Dance Festival at Samford University's Wright Center on Jan. 17.

The dancers will perform part of Abraham's "Watershed" and TROY dance students Kimberly Sausman, a senior biology major from Troy, and Mati Anderson, a sophomore bachelor of fine arts in dance major from Franklin, Tenn., are performing a duet with Abraham.In.Motion dancer Jeremy Neal.

The New York-based A.I.M., a company of nine professional dancers, will present "When the Wolves Came In," a three-part work centered on the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 20th century abolishment of apartheid in South Africa.

The performance by TROY dancers won't be the first time the artist has worked with the students at TROY. Earlier in January, TROY dancers worked with Abraham in Montgomery rehearsing the number and participating in master classes at Baldwin Middle School.

The company spent part of the summer on the Troy Campus teaching an intensive course, working individually with students and setting choreography for them.

"This whole experience with Kyle Abraham and A.I.M. has provided our students at TROY with an educational experience superior to almost anything else in the dance world, and continues to be a great opportunity for our dancers to work with professionals of this caliber," said Deborah Hicks, who directs the University's dance program.

Resident Commission Artist for New York Live Arts, Abraham is a Pittsburg, Penn. native whose work has been performed in Japan, Canada, Ireland, Germany and the Middle East. He has choreographed for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and has danced with David Dorfman Dance, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and others. He is the recipient of a Bessie Award and a Princess Grace Award, and was singled out by Dance Magazine as one of "25 to Watch." Abraham was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2013, and has created work for the New York City Ballet.

Tickets for Saturday's performance are $25 for reserved seating; $15 for general admission and may be purchased by calling 205-726-3853 or online at

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Troy University DANCE members will perform in Alabama Dance Festival's presentation of Kyle Abraham's "When the Wolves Came In" performance Jan. 17 in Samford University's Wright Center. (photo/Clark Scott)