Monday, January 31, 2005
Murphy, Philips whirl Strand audience
Ashley Murphy gracefully sent each of her limbs to its fullest extension each time she danced. A graduate of LDT, she has toured America and Europe as a member of the Dance Theater of Harlem. She is unusually expressive and graceful.
And Michael Philips, a tall fellow who is nonetheless a high school freshman, stunned the audience with speed, jump height and rhythmic precision. Philips has been blessed with enormous ability. He reminded me of a sort of Kenny Wayne Shepherd of dance by his verve, lanky physique and streaming blonde hair.
Impulse Dance Theater of the Louisiana School at Natchitoches made a spirited addition to the evening. Still, the seasoned senior corps of LDT were commanding in appearance and technique. Laura Angle, Megan Burdick and John Anthony Anglin stood out by their stamina and style on the Strand Theater stage, Shreveport, Monday night.