The Catholic University of America

February 9, 2012

CUA Will Sway to Sounds of a Bygone Era

  CUA dancers, from bottom to top, Kerry Bremer, Morgan Sendek, Angeleaza Anderson, Alex Mosko, Dan Essig, Brendan McMahon, and Kyle Wright

Freshman musical theatre major Kerry Bremer, a cast member in Catholic University’s Feb. 12 production of “Songs of Old CUA,” has thought a lot about her outfit for the dance party afterward.

Bremer, of Branchburg, N.J., says she’s going for the classic look: a jewel-green silk dress, muted red pumps, and pearls. With her red lipstick and wavy blond hair, she’ll no doubt look like a Catholic University student from the 1930s or 40s — perfect for a party featuring American dance music from that era.

Bremer is hoping for a big turnout at the party, which will start after the show ends at about 4:30 p.m.

“People are excited about the party,” she says. “They’re writing notes on their hands when I tell them about it,” she says. “Who doesn’t like to dance and have a good time?”

Dancers will take to the floor in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center Great Room. They’ll sway to the sounds of the SingCo Rhythm Orchestra led by Doug Bowles, a CUA voice instructor who earned a master’s degree in music at the University in 1993. Food will be served in the atrium outside the Great Room.

The party will feature dance lessons, a contest, and a prize — a $125 Target gift card. Members of CUA Swing Kids, a student organization established last fall, will provide the lessons. Sophomore Shannon Ells, a double major in classical civilization and anthropology from Brick, N.J., and president of CUA Swing Kids, says the group will offer basic lessons in the Lindy Hop and the Charleston.

Senior vocal performance major Alex Mosko, choreographer for “Songs of Old CUA” and a fan of American composer and songwriter Cole Porter, jokes that he doesn’t listen to any music written after 1960.

“It’s so great to listen to the old music,” says Mosko, who’s from Perth Amboy, N.J. “It’s a fascinating era with such wonderful style and history.”

MEDIA: To cover the party, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.