PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRISTINE SIMES

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PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRISTINE SIMES
Christine Jacques Simes and Patricia Harms will be guest artists at the Mount Desert Island High School annual spring dance concert this weekend.

BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island High School’s annual spring dance concert is scheduled for Saturday, May 21, at 7 p.m. in the Higgins-Demas Theater. Admission is by suggested donation of $6. The concert will feature solo and group works by the MDIHS dance class and dance club, MDHIS alumnae Carl Ferm and Annie Joyce, returning local choreographers Lucy Rowe and Kelly Kitzpatrick, and guest artists Trish Harms, Carol Dilley, Patricia Harms and Christine Simes.

Ms. Dilley is the director of the Bates College dance program. Christine Jacques Simes began her dance career as a performer, traveling extensively with companies including Ballet West, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, and modern dance company Dance Kaleidoscope. She also regularly appeared in musicals, including “A Chorus Line” and “Anything Goes.”

Since returning to her native New Hampshire, she has been active as a dance educator and choreographer, as well as developer of collaborative performance works with New England dance artists. In 2003 she founded dance and movement arts studio and company Elysium Dance Project, which she directed for seven years. She completed her Bachelor of Science studies in movement therapy in 2010, and is currently a movement specialist working with special populations.

Patricia Harms is a dancer, choreographer, educator, facilitator, and consultant. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a New York and Maine licensed massage therapist.

Trish Harms is a registered dance educator, and has New Hampshire teaching endorsements in dance and theater. In 1990 she conceived Triad Dance Ensemble. She co-directed, choreographed, and danced with the company through 1996. Currently, she directs the dance program at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H. Tickets are available at the door.

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