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. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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.