A Sentimental Southern Journey in an Ohlone College Original Dance Production

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College

Fremont, CA-Swinging on the porch, drinking sweet tea, and catching fire flies; what could be better than childhood memories of the South? Journey through Alabama, Georgia, Texas and Louisiana, where life is simple and time stands still as 75 Ohlone College dance students captivate their audience in Ohlone College's Theatre and Dance Department Production "Southern Comfort: A Sentimental Journey."

Ohlone College dance professor and choreographer Janel Tomblin-Brown is the creative force behind the original theatrical dance performance. "This dance production is loosely based on my memories as a child traveling to the southern states to visit my family," says Tomblin-Brown. The production includes a wide array of dance styles including jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop and ballet, with choreography not only by Tomblin-Brown but also by dance faculty and selected student choreographers.

Preparation for the performance, which began in early February, also includes the work of Ohlone faculty and staff including set and sound designer Fred Alim, lighting design by Matt O'Donnell, and costume design and production by Tamara Cooper.

"I was raised as a California girl, but my heart is Southern and "Y'all" has always been part of my vocabulary. I'm excited to share warm memories of my southern relatives and the southern hospitality instilled in me with my California community," comments Tomblin-Brown.

For tickets and more information, call (510) 659-6031 or visit www.smithcenter.com.


  • Ohlone College Theatre and Dance Department Production
    Southern Comfort: A Sentimental Journey
  • April 25-27, 2013
  • 8pm
  • Conceived and directed by
    Janel Tomblin-Brown
  • Smith Center at Ohlone College
    43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
  • Tickets: $12-$15
  • Event Parking: $2

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