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Dance Troupe Does “Fresh Works”:

Synapse Dance Theater, Santa Monica College’s contemporary dance ensemble, will return to Highways Performance Space December 2 to 4 with “Fresh Works,” an eclectic program that fuses a wide range of dance styles, theater and media.

Using contemporary styles to reflect on current issues, the program features works by guest artists and Synapse choreographers.

Guest artists will include SMC dance professors Meri Bender, Linda Gold, Nguyen Nguyen and Roberta Wolin-Manker, as well as animator Cathy Karol Crowthers from SMC’s Academy of Entertainment & Technology.

“Fresh Works” choreographers Marshall Bang, Janelle Green, Cricket Hamar, Amber R. King, Yukino Makino, Theryl Smith and Monique Ziering have created combined their own ideas with elements of jazz, hip-hop, rhythmic gymnastics and traditional Japanese dance.

Under the artistic direction of Linda Gold, Synapse has been nurturing new talent for more than 30 years, and has performed at Highways in Santa Monica, Electric Lodge in Venice, Cast Theater in Hollywood, the Getty Center, and American College Dance Festivals in Arizona, California and New Mexico, as well as at SMC, in Los Angeles schools and at college consortiums. It has also performed as part of travel-study tours to New York, England, France and Switzerland. Synapse alumni have pursued professional dance careers throughout the world.The program of new works will be performed at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3, and at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 4 at Highways, 1651 18th Street, at Olympic Boulevard, in Santa Monica. General admission is $15 and tickets for students and senior citizens are $12. Call (310) 315-1459.

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