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Colby-Sawyer College to Host Fall Dance Ensemble “Turning Pointe” Featuring Original Faculty and Student Choreography

Colby-Sawyer and the Fine and Performing Arts Department present the fall dance ensemble “Turning Pointe” under the artistic direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dance Laura Dunlop Shepherd. Featuring original choreography by 28 Colby-Sawyer students and Professor Shepherd, the performance will showcase ballet, contemporary, modern, hip hop, Argentine tango, classical Chinese, jazz and high-kicking cancan.

“Turning Pointe” will take place at the Sawyer Center Theatre on Friday, December 6 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students/children and free with a Colby-Sawyer College ID. Tickets may be purchased at or at the Sawyer Center Box Office. For more information, contact the Sawyer Center Box Office at (603) 526-3670 or at

About the Artistic Director

Laura Dunlop Shepherd is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Smith College in Northampton, Mass. with a degree in Theatre and Dance. Professor Shepherd, who grew up singing, dancing and acting, was on the Sawyer Fine Arts Center stage at age five when she performed her first ballet solo and auditioned for and won her first stage role as Marta in a Colby-Sawyer production of “The Sound of Music.”

These and other early musical theater experiences launched Professor Shepherd on her lifelong path of performing and teaching. After years of performing in summer stock and professional musical theater, and then in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes as a singer and dancer, her focus turned to sharing the performing arts that have so enriched her life with others through teaching.

Summer 2014 Dance Intensive at Colby-Sawyer

Colby-Sawyer will host a dance intensive under the direction and instruction of Professor Shepherd from Monday, July 28 through Friday, August 8, 2014, in the Woodman Dance Studio at the Sawyer Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Week I will offer two sessions (having completed grades K–2 at 9–10:15 a.m., and having completed grades 3–5 at 10:30–11:45 a.m.) and give dancers an opportunity to learn and improve technique in ballet and jazz.

Week II will immerse intermediate and advanced dancers (having completed grades 6–11) in three classes daily, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with specialized instruction in ballet, jazz and modern.

Week I: $90 – Each session limited to 10 dancers.

Week II: $325 – Includes lunch and daily use of indoor pool. Enrollment limited to 12 dancers.

For more information, contact Professor Shepherd at 526.3069 or

To learn more about the Fine and Performing Arts at Colby-Sawyer College, visit

–Anurup Upadhyay '15

Anurup Upadhyay is a Business major at Colby-Sawyer College and a student writer for College Communications.

Colby-Sawyer College is a comprehensive college that integrates the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation. Founded in 1837, Colby-Sawyer is located in the scenic Lake Sunapee Region of central New Hampshire.

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