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Members of the visiting Dayton Contemporary dance company will perform in “Emergence,” a program featuring original

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works by CityDance resident choreographer Robert Priore, on Saturday and Sunday at the CityDance Studio Theater at Strathmore in North Bethesda. GEEKWITHALENSPHOTOGRAPHY

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VIRGINIA TERHUNE STAFF WRITER

A CityDance choreographer premieres piece for renowned Ohio troupe n

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After graduating from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, choreographer Robert Priore spent a year dancing with Ohio’s renowned Dayton Contemporary Dance Company in Ohio. Now it’s the company’s time to journey east and visit him for the first time in North Bethesda, where he is resident choreographer for the CityDance Conservatory at Strathmore.

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The Dayton troupe will perform a piece it commissioned from Priore as part of “Emergence,” a program entirely choreographed by Priore, running Saturday and Sunday at the CityDance Studio Theater at Strathmore. “It’s my first stab at creating a night all by myself,” said Priore. “It’s all my vocabulary and my vision.” Priore said he’s been working on the program since August and initially thought of dancing in it himself, but decided instead to step back and focus on the big picture. “I had wanted to dance, but I thought if I wanted to really convey [what I want to convey], I had better take myself out,” he said. The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company was founded in 1968 by dancer and future MacArthur “Genius” grant recipient Jeraldyne Blunden, who died in 1999. The company is presently run by her daughter (Debbie Blunden-Diggs), Priore said. Priore danced with DCDC’s second company for a year and also choreo-

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A rock-solid education n

Young musicians ready to rock this weekend BY

CARA HEDGEPETH STAFF WRITER

According to Laura Bollettino, executive director at the School of Rock of Silver Spring, the philosophy behind the unconventional music school is “if you tell [children] they can do something, then they think they can and they do it.” “You tell them, get on-stage at The Fillmore and they say, ‘Yeah, why wouldn’t I get on stage at The Fillmore?’” Bollettino said. “Any adult would be paralyzed with fear.” Students from the School of

Rock in Silver Spring will prove Bollettino right on Sunday when they take the stage at the venue. The afternoon concert will showcase musicians from the school’s School of Rock 101 program, Performance Program, Adult Program, Silver Spring School of Rock House Band and special guest performers, Philadelphia-based Swift Technique. There will be a second show at Comet Ping Pong in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 26. School of Rock was founded in 1998 by Paul Green. There are currently more than 15,000 students enrolled in 125 schools across seven countries.

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SCHOOL OF ROCK n When: 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 n Where: Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring n Tickets: $15 n For information: 301-9609999, fillmoresilver spring.com

Crystina Martinez, 15, sings during a School of Rock performance in downtown Silver Spring. LAURA BOLLETTINO

EMERGENCE n When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18; 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 n Where: CityDance Studio Theater, Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda

graphed two pieces for the troupe, which encouraged him to keep at it. In “Emergence” there are four new works and six others that have been performed before, said Piore, who is presenting the show with a mix of Dayton dancers and current and former students of the Conservatory.

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n Tickets: $25 for general admission, $20 for university students n For information: 301-581-5204, Citydance.net

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