Dance Theater Presents “Sixteen Dancing Divas” Beginning October 29

Posted on 10/18/2010 1:02:23 PM

Sixteen Dancing Divas Dance Theater at Indiana University of Pennsylvania opens its first show of the 2010–2011 season with Sixteen Dancing Divas, an exciting new take on the classic tale Twelve Dancing Princesses by the Brothers Grimm.

The show will be performed October 29 and 30, 2010, at 7:00 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday, October 31, at 2:00 p.m. Performances will be presented on the stage of the Zink Hall Dance Theater, located on Grant Street on the IUP campus.

This whimsical, wild, colorful, and comical dance performance bases its updated setting in the town of Pennsyltucky. Throughout the performance, the audience will be taken on a journey with the sixteen spoiled sisters as they sneak out of the house each night, leaving their youngest and ignored tomboy sister at home with their obliviously inattentive parents.

The sisters, in search of the perfect dance club, experience a variety of dance styles from the fifties, sixties, and seventies to Ballroom and Western. Each morning, the parents become more suspicious as to what is happening during the night. Their parents’ plan to stay awake and keep watch over their daughters as they sleep is foiled by yet more devious activities.

Sixteen Dancing Divas The production’s director, Holly Boda-Sutton, has incorporated aspects into the show from other recognizable fairy tales as well, such as Cinderella and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, giving the show a very Disney-esque quality.

Boda-Sutton, a member of the IUP dance faculty, went on to explain, “The show is fast paced, funny, and shows a wide range of dance styles and techniques. The show is something everyone can enjoy.”

Tickets for Sixteen Dancing Divas are available at the Hadley Union Building, located on Pratt Drive of the IUP campus. Seats remaining will be sold at the door starting forty-five minutes before each performance. Tickets may also be purchased with a credit card by calling the HUB Box Office at 724-357-1313 or online.Tickets are priced at $14 for regular admission, $12 for senior citizens and groups of fifteen or more, and $8 for children, students, and those with a university I-card.

For more information, contact The Lively Arts at 724-357-2547, or e-mail

IUP’s Dance Theater is produced by the Department of Theater and Dance and the College of Fine Arts. It is funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association.