The Spring Appalachian Dance Ensemble in the Valborg Theatre: Department of Theatre and Dance Showcase Runs April 3 – 7, 2024

BOONE, NC – The Department of Theatre and Dance (T&D) at Appalachian State University proudly presents the 2024 Spring Appalachian Dance Ensemble (SADE). The production takes place in the Valborg Theatre on the university campus at 7 p.m. from Wednesday, April 3 through Saturday, April 6 with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, April 7, 2024. All seats are general admission with ticket prices of $17 for adults, $15 for faculty and staff, and $10 for students. For more information, call the Schaefer Center box office at 800-841-ARTS (2787) or visit the website:

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is a popular annual dance concert comprised of eight original works by faculty and students. The concert showcases a wide variety of dance styles and themes with lighting, costuming, and musical collaborations. SADE 2024 is co-coordinated by Professor Emily Daughtridge and Associate Professor Laurie Atkins, both of whom are members of the T&D faculty.

Dance Studies faculty members creating original works for the upcoming program include Laurie Atkins, Emily Daughtridge, and Sherone Price. Adjunct faculty member and guest artist Carrie Plew will also present a new work on the program.


"The department is thrilled to have Greensboro-based artist Plew working with our dance students on SADE," said Atkins, while noting that, "providing experiences for our students with professional dance artists is in line with the mission of our program."

Laurie AtkinsIn addition, four talented student choreographers were chosen to stage new works for SADE. These dance students are Emma Rose Farmer, Brynn Hughes, Shannon Retzloff, and Kylie Venticinque.

Emily D.Professor Daughtridge, the faculty mentor for the student choreographers, states that they "have worked incredibly hard creating these original works and are passionate about sharing their dances with the community."

T&D faculty and student production designers providing costume and lighting design include Professor John Marty, Assistant Professor Saloni Mahajan, and student designer Marshall Hadsall. Musicians collaborating on Sherone Price's piece include Jeff Dickens and Khalid Abdul N'Faly Saleem.

Tickets to SADE 2024 are available online through the T&D department website at as well by phone and in person at the Schaefer Center for the Arts box office. The Department of Theatre and Dance is proudly housed within the College of Fine and Applied Arts at Appalachian State University, one of seven departments in the college. The box office numbers are 828-262-4046 and 800-841-2787 and the website may be found at

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For directions to the Valborg Theatre and information about campus parking during FADE '23, please see Visitor Parking.


About the Department of Theatre and Dance 
One of seven departments housed in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, the Department of Theatre and Dance's mission is to facilitate transformative experiences for students and the public, which cultivate compassionate, creative, and collaborative communities through theatre and dance. The department also offers coursework for integrated learning through the arts to the general university student population. Its dynamic co-curricular production program provides exemplary theatre and dance experiences to departmental students, the university community, and the region.

About the College of Fine and Applied Arts

Appalachian State University's College of Fine and Applied Arts is a dynamic and innovative group of seven academic departments, bringing together a variety of perspectives, experiences, and real-world education to provide unique opportunities for student success. The college has more than 3,500 undergraduate and graduate majors. Its departments are Applied Design, Art, Communication, Military Science and Leadership, Sustainable Development, Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, and Theatre and Dance.
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About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the Southeast, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls 21,253 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio, and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

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Published: Mar 21, 2024 8:39am