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Performing Arts Festival showcases undergraduate talent across disciplines

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February 11, 2014

Unfortunately, due to the current conditions and the forecast for Feb. 15, the show has to be postponed. The new date for the show is March 29th at 7pm. For those of you who reserved tickets, all tickets are transferable to the new date, so your tickets will remain reserved. Tickets will also continue to be sold and available for reservation until March 29th.

Featuring a variety of dance and music performance styles, improvisational comedy, and even martial arts, the Performing Arts Festival at 7 p.m., Feb. 15 March 29 in WMC Alumni Hall offers something for everyone.

More than just a talent show, the event brings together student performers of all backgrounds while raising money for the American Cancer Society. Tickets are $7 ($5 with a McDaniel ID) or can be reserved in advance at a discount by emailing

Senior Shelby Toler of Columbia, Md., envisions the Performing Arts Festival will, in the spirit of the liberal arts, bring together the varied talents of McDaniel students. The Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies major performs with the McDaniel College Dance Team and the Dance Company, which both are involved in the Festival.

Other dance acts include the McDaniel Belly Dance Club and Legacy Dancers, an offshoot of the Africa’s Legacy student group that aims to promote awareness of African culture. Members of Legacy Dancers have been practicing three times a week for over two hours at a time in preparation for their two numbers, which will represent the dance styles of a variety of African countries, said club president Erica Owusu of Gwynn Oak, Md.

Before and after the Festival, Africa’s Legacy will sell African goods to raise money for education and clean water systems in Africa, a project that will continue on campus in the coming weeks.

Junior transfer student Branden Muth of New Windsor, Md., brings martial arts to the stage with a choreographed taekwondo routine. The Graphic Design major, now a taekwondo instructor, first started practicing the Korean martial art at age 4, competed nationally at ages 9 and 10, and earned a first-degree black belt after eight years of experience.

More than 10 acts are slated to perform, including campus-favorite Dangersauce, an improv comedy troupe, as well as sophomore Andrew Roberts of Singapore, winner of last semester’s Battle of the Bands. Roberts, an Economics student in the Honors program, will trade in his Green Terror football gear for a guitar when he takes the stage Saturday night.

Toler says the Performing Arts Festival will accommodate all interests, and she hopes it will become an annual fixture in the campus calendar.