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November 08, 2019

La Roche University and Bodiography to Partner for Winter Dance Performances

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 8, 2019 – La Roche University’s dance department will partner with Bodiography Contemporary Ballet to present two upcoming performances: the annual “Multiplicity” concert and a retelling of “Nutcracker.”

“Multiplicity” will take place at the Byham Theater on Nov. 15 and 16. “Nutcracker,” which is free to the public, will be hosted at Providence Heights adjacent to La Roche’s campus in McCandless Township on Dec. 6 and 7. Following the performance on Dec. 6, guests can view a fireworks display during La Roche’s annual Festival of Lights celebration.

Bodiography’s “Multiplicity” is an annual dance concert of short works by local and international choreographers. The concert will feature 15 current La Roche students, alumni and faculty, in addition to Bodiography company artists and guests. La Roche performers include current students Derrick Izumi and Carolina Giansante, and alumni Kaylin Treese, Gabrielle Yarshen and Dannell Wells Russel.

La Roche’s “Nutcracker” will feature students from the dance department as well as student dancers from Bodiography’s College Preparatory Ballet Program. The cast will include 30 dancers, including La Roche seniors Halle Mathieson and Elektra Davis sharing the role of Snow Queen, and Isaac Ray as the Snow King. Junior Renee Simeone and senior Josef Strucker also will dance as the Sugar Plum Fairy and her prince.

Please visit to purchase tickets for “Multiplicity.”

Modeled after the most elite collegiate dance programs in the country, La Roche’s performing arts program focuses on artistic and academic excellence. Under the instruction of Ms. Caruso, students become confident professionals and master numerous styles of dance. Students also receive full scholarships to take unlimited courses each year at Ms. Caruso’s renowned dance studio in Squirrel Hill.

Bodiography is a multi-faceted brand known for its commitment to health and wellness in the arts through dance performance, education, fitness, and therapeutic approaches utilizing movement studies. Bodiography® is a trademarked movement language created by Ms. Caruso that is utilized in the creation of all of Bodiography’s artistic and educational tools.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has helped to transform a downtrodden section of Downtown into a world-class Cultural District that stands as a national model of urban revitalization through the arts. Touring Broadway, contemporary dance, family events, education and community engagement programs, and cutting-edge visual arts are among the variety of arts and entertainment the Trust presents and exhibits. Hundreds of artists, thousands of students and millions of people expand their horizons in our theaters, galleries and public art environments.

About La Roche University: A private liberal arts university in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche University offers 66 undergraduate programs of study, six master’s degrees and one doctoral degree, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential university provides a vibrant campus community for more than 1,400 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche University embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche University educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.