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Kiesha Lalama-White One to Watch

Kiesha Lalama-White One of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" and  Choreographs for Major Motion Picture

Point Park University alumna and faculty member Kiesha Lalama-White was recently named in Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch," an honor that is bestowed on a select group of the most promising dancers, choreographers and companies in the nation.  The January 2009 article outlined her Bronze Leo Award received at the Jazz Dance World Congress for Going, Going, Gone, and the works she set with Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago (Let's Play) and Michigan's Eisenhower Dance Ensemble (Vicious Cycle).  Upcoming commissions include works for Point Park University and Houston's Metropolitan Dance Company.

Lalama-White was also selected to choreograph a scene in the major motion picture Sorority Row, starring Briana Evigan (Step Up 2), directed by Stewart Handler.  She choreographed the sorority's "trademark dance."  Evigan's character, Cassidy, was introduced in the scene. Lalama-White selected six dance majors from Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts to perform as extras ; the scene was shot on Friday, Nov. 7 here in Pittsburgh.  Lalama-White hand-selected the dancers according to Handler's guidelines.  Point Park dance majors Ashley Munzek,  Allison Becker, Angela Dice, Jessica Fertita, Naila Ansari and Kim Jones each made their film debut with this project.  "It was surreal," said senior Angela Dice, "Kiesha was the backbone for all of us.  This Conservatory prepares students to be professionals.  Period. We are taught to be focused, ready to bring our game, and are ready to conform to anything."

"The energy on the set was unique and special; the director and producer set the tone," said Lalama-White, "it was so rewarding in every single aspect; it was one of the biggest events of my life."

The movie is scheduled for release on October 2, 2009.