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April 23, 2013 > Dance production delivers sentimental Southern journey

Dance production delivers sentimental Southern journey

Submitted By Ohlone College

Swinging on the porch, drinking sweet tea, and catching fire flies; what could be better than childhood memories of the South? Journey through Alabama, Georgia, Texas, and Louisiana where life is simple and time stands still as 75 Ohlone College dance students captivate their audience in Ohlone College's Theatre and Dance Department Production "Southern Comfort: A Sentimental Journey."

Ohlone College dance professor and choreographer Janel Tomblin-Brown is the creative force behind the original theatrical dance performance. "This dance production is loosely based on my memories as a child traveling to the Southern states to visit my family," says Tomblin-Brown. The production includes a wide array of dance styles including jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, and ballet, with choreography not only by Tomblin-Brown but also by dance faculty and selected student choreographers.

Preparation for the performance, which began in early February, also includes the work of Ohlone faculty and staff including set and sound designer Fred Alim, lighting design by Matt O'Donnell, and costume design and production by Tamara Cooper.

"I was raised as a California girl, but my heart is Southern and 'Y'all' has always been part of my vocabulary. I'm excited to share warm memories of my southern relatives and the southern hospitality instilled in me with my California community," comments Tomblin-Brown.

For tickets and more information, call (510) 659-6031 or visit

Southern Comfort: A Sentimental Journey
Thursday, Apr 25 - Saturday, Apr 27
8 p.m.
Smith Center at Ohlone College
43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
(510) 659-6031
Tickets: $12 - $15
Event Parking: $2

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