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Thursday, June 6, 8:00–10:30 p.m. Fisher Auditorium

With the wide variety of acts, there is something for nearly every venue and every audience during this year’s conference showcases. The schedule is subject to change, and events are not in the order of performance. Artists are listed in the order they are currently scheduled to perform. The schedule, however, is subject to change.

All showcases are open to the general public and are free.

Groundworks Dance Theater Groundworks Dance Theater

Thursday, June 6, 8:00–10:30 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, Performing Arts Center

GroundWorks DanceTheater, founded in 1998, creates and presents groundbreaking work in contemporary dance that embraces risk and imagination, explores human experience, and encourages interdisciplinary collaboration.

KJ DenhertKJ Denhert

Thursday, June 6, 8:00–10:30 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, Performing Arts Center

KJ Denhert—a one-of-a-kind songwriter, guitarist, and performer—is consistently praised for her pathos, originality, and impeccable musicianship. Her special blend of urban folk and jazz has earned her four Independent Music Award nominations.

Illstyle & Peace Productions Illstyle & Peace Productions

Thursday, June 6, 8:00–10:30 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, Performing Arts Center

A multicultural dance company based in Philadelphia and founded in 2002 by Brandon “Peace” Albright. They create work rooted in contemporary and old school hip-hop. Illstyle has toured to critical acclaim both nationally and internationally, most recently, to Russia, Belarus, and the Ukraine as DanceMotion USA cultural ambassadors.

Playing by Air Playing by Air

Thursday, June 6, 8:00–10:30 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, Performing Arts Center

Playing By Air captivates audiences with a symphony of action, comedy, music, juggling, and circus in which the traditional meets the absurd. The award-winning performers share their playfulness and breathtaking feats in a production enjoyed equally by adults, families, and children alike. The acts feature juggling yoga balls, a dancing “Noodle Man,” and a spectacular glow-in-the-dark finale.

Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble

Thursday, June 6, 8:00–10:30 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, Performing Arts Center

As a Ukrainian dance company founded in the United States in 1972, Voloshky combines Ukrainian and American esthetics, drawing upon classical, contemporary, and folkloric styles to create powerful trans-cultural programs that cross-pollinate diverse audiences. Voloshky’s unique blend of styles has positioned the company as a leading cultural ambassador, simultaneously representing Ukrainian choreographic arts as well as the rich dynamic pluralism of the United States.