ASU Herberger Institute School of Dance presents Emerging Artists I

November 5, 2009

ASU Herberger Institute School of Dance MFA candidates Sammy Stephens, Jr. and LaShonda L. Williams present each of their thesis works Nov. 20–22, 2009.

Emerging Artists I features the works of Sammy Stephens, Jr., HOlisticMykOnin, andmultoMONOvistic, by LaShonda L. Williams. Emerging Artists I features works by MFA Dance candidates Nov. 20-22, 2009. Photo by Tim Trumble Download Full Image

In Williams’ piece, various artists come together to collaborate through movement and music, evolving from two basic concepts, love and water. Williams also is the artistic director of the Hoj Poj Movement Company, and facilitates the company’s debut project, multoMONOvistic, featuring ideas and information obtained through Williams’ recent international travels.

Stephens, who also is the art director of his conceptual piece HOlisticMykOnin, follows Dionysus’ quest to find himself and his place in society. Agonized by strong barriers against the unification of both his natural beings, HOlisticMykOnin is the story of a young African-American male tested by the strains placed on him by his community. This piece revolves around Dionysus’ story through movement and performance art, and challenges pre-existing discrimination beliefs about homosexuality within the African-American community.

Nelson Fine Arts Center, Studio 122, 51 E. 10th St., ASU Tempe campus

Nov. 20–22; Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m.; Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 22, 2 p.m.


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LaShonda Williams
ASU Herberger Institute 
School of Dance 
MFA candidate 

The School of Theatre and Film in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University provides a comprehensive range of courses in performance and directing; design and production; new work development; theatre and performance studies; film; and theatre for youth. Its Theatre for Youth program is nationally ranked in the top three and the dramatic writing/playwriting program is ranked 15th among public institutions by U.S.News & World Report. To learn more about the School of Theatre and Film, visit

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ASU Herberger Institute 
School of Dance 

Sun Devils defeat Vanguard in exhibition game

November 5, 2009

Sophomore guard Kimberly"> Brandon scored 19 points while fellow sophomore Kali">">Kali Bennett added 18 points as No. 16 Arizona State defeated Vanguard University 97-64 in exhibition play on Thursday.

Senior guard Danielle"> Orsillo (14 points), redshirt freshman forward Janae">">J... Fulcher (12 points) and senior forward Kayli">">Kayli Murphy (11 points) also scored in double figures for ASU, which shot 45 percent for the game. Download Full Image

As a team, the Sun Devils outrebounded Vanguard 65-28, including a plus-25 advantage (37-12) on the offensive boards. Bennett, who sat out last season after transferring from Washington in 2008, led ASU with 13 rebounds, 11 of which were offensive.

A 28-5 run over a 6:47 span helped the Sun Devils open up a 29-point lead, 48-19, with just over five minutes left in the first half. Vanguard would not get closer than 21 points the rest of the way as the Sun Devils would lead by as many as 36 in the second half.

Thursday's game included six new faces on the floor for the Sun Devils, including Bennett and Fulcher, who both redshirted last season; junior Tenaya">">T... Watson (3 points, 2 assists, 1 steal), who transferred to ASU last spring from Central Arizona; and Joy">">Joy Burke (4 points, 2 rebounds), Deja">">Deja Mann (4 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists) and Sabrina"> McKinney (2 points, 4 assists, 1 rebound) who comprise ASU's freshman class.

The Sun Devils are off until November 15 when they host South Dakota State in the 2009-10 season opener.