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WSU dancers chosen to perform at renowned NYC contemporary ballet gala

November 3, 2013

Before a high-profile Big Apple audience, 10 Wayne State University dance majors will be throwing "Hissy Fits" - a 22-minute routine choreographed by acclaimed dancer Dwight Rhoden - at the gala season opener of the Complexions Contemporary Ballet on Nov. 21 in New York City. But metro Detroiters can get a sneak peek of "Hissy Fits" on Wednesday, when the WSU dancers perform the routine at a fund-raiser to help offset the students' trip to New York. Rhoden, who has choreographed dances for Fox TV's "So You Think You Can Dance" show, has conducted summer intensive workshops at Wayne State University's Maggie Allesee Theatre and Dance department for three years. WSU is the first university dance program invited to perform with Complexions, one of the nation's preeminent companies for contemporary dance, said Meg Paul, a WSU ballet lecturer and program director of its Complexions Detroit Summer Intensive, which draws about 120 dancers from around the country each year.