Bethany College Dancers to Perform Opening Act for Philly Hip-Hop Ensemble

 Bethany College’s “Pretty Girl Sway” will provide the opening act for Illstyle & Peace Productions,a knockout hip-hop dance company, which is coming to Wheeling for a high voltage concert October 26 at the historic Capitol Theatre. 

Rooted in contemporary and old-school hip-hop blended with an eclectic mix of dance and performance disciplines including tap, ballet, Djing and beatboxing, this captivating show has everything from b-boy poses to high sailing somersaults, back flips and other gravity defying acrobatics. 

Pretty Girl Sway includes Bethany students Tori Rhodes, junior biology major; Megan McShane, senior social work major; freshman Deysia Cooper; senior equine studies major Evie Schenkel; junior psychology major Bethany Selph; and junior education major Cathy Reid.

Founded in 2002 and based in Philadelphia, Illstyle and Peace Productionshas toured to critical acclaim nationally and internationally. The company's mission is to create awe-inspiring works with diverse audiences worldwide, and to spread unity, peace, love, respect and fun through dance.

The October 26 concert features the group’s latest work Same Spirit Different Movement, a piece that celebrates the art form of dance and movement in a collaborative effort that brings various dance styles together in spirit while defining each movement as distinctive. Although the performers move in their own ways, they share the same spirit of dance, the unity of movement.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre. Ticket prices range from $19.50 - $30.00. Discounts are available for dance students. Call 304.233.4470 for tickets.

Area dance students also have the opportunity to learn hip-hop dance moves from Illstyle and Peace Productions’ dancers during a free workshop from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. October 25 at Oglebay Institute’s School of Dance.

Three members of the Illstyle ensemble will conduct the workshop, designed for ages 8 and up, as part of the group’s community outreach program.

Students must pre-register for the workshop and can do so by calling 304.242.7700.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.