Posted by Mary Wimberley (copy by student writer Cathy Reisenwitz) on 2007-11-12

The Samford University Dance Ensemble will present a variety of dance styles in its fall show Nov. 15 and 16. Performances are at 7 p.m. in the Homewood High School Auditorium. The 12-member ensemble will perform hip hop, ballet en pointe and other dance styles.

Lisa Gibbs, the group's faculty mentor, wants to encourage people to attend, "because it is a great way to show our Samford community spirit and support for the emerging dance program," Gibbs said. "Live performance commands all your senses, and leaves you with a deeper understanding of what it means to be human."

Gibbs, an adjunct professor of dance and program support specialist, is also a professional dancer with Southern Danceworks.

Tickets are $5 for students and children, and $8 for adults. They can be purchased at the door or by e-mailing

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.