Published on March 3, 2014 by Sean Flynt  
The Michael J. and Mary Anne Freeman Theatre and Dance Series at Samford University will present "Momentum: A Dance Concert" April 3-5 at 7:30 p.m. and April 6 at 2:30 p.m. in Harrison Theatre, Swearingen Hall.

The annual dance concert brings the creative work of dance minors and faculty to the stage. Momentum gives students the opportunity to explore communication through movement, resulting in vignettes of their stories and ideas about life. This has often resulted in poignant moments of expression, and this year strikes a very personal chord for the dancers. Samford lost the joy-filled sophomore dancer LaKim Young shortly after he danced his heart out in last year's Momentum. It was a tragic end an otherwise uplifting story of how important friends and community can be in helping a young man move from extreme hardship to a celebrated university.

This year, Momentum not only serves to celebrate the work of those who made the production possible, but also serves as a remembrance of Young, a celebration of his all too brief life, and a reminder of the important lesson that his life teaches us — we can never know how much we might affect and enrich someone's life simply by extending a hand in friendship.

A variety of dance and musical styles make Momentum an event for everyone.

Tickets are $12 (adult) and $6 (student). Purchase online or by phone at (205) 726-2853.
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 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 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 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.