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Sac State dancers make 'Friends' with Coltrane


S/BAD dancers “Snap” in a piece from “Coltrane and Friends” at Sacramento State. From left; Shani Alford, Windy Kahana, Kamiko McWilliams, Emily Anuszczyk, Tiffany Barrett, Oharne Brown and Maria Monge.

Sacramento/Black Art of Dance will jazz it up with "Coltrane and Friends," a dance concert featuring the music of saxophonist John Coltrane and his contemporaries. Performances are at 8 p.m. Oct. 14-16 and 22-23; 2 p.m. Oct. 17 and 24; and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20-21 in Solano Hall Room 1010 at Sacramento State.

Coltrane was a staple on the jazz scene in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, covering a wide range of styles from be-bop to more classical jazz sounds. He played with Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington, and enjoyed fame as a solo artist.

Linda Goodrich, director of S/BAD and chair of Sacramento State's Theatre and Dance Department, says she told troupe members the theme would be classic jazz, and most of them chose Coltrane on their own, establishing the concert's title.

Sticking with one musical style doesn't restrict the dance moves. "You'll see a lot of blending of styles, such as African, modern and Caribbean," says Goodrich. One piece, a solo number choreographed by Sheila Coleman, illustrates that approach. "That piece has everything in it," Goodrich says.

Shani Alford, a veteran S/BAD choreographer, is using Coltrane's signature "Equinox" to examine the beauty and sexuality of women through four dancers. "You'll be able to see the essence of a woman through the movements and the storyline," Alford says.

Tickets for the 6:30 performances are $8 general admission and $5 for children under 12 years of age. All other performances are $12 general admission, $10 for students, seniors and Sac State employees, and $8 for children. Tickets are available at the Sacramento State Ticket Office, (916) 278-4323 or

For more information, visit or call (916) 278-3569. For media assistance, call the University's Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.