Student Choreographers’ Concert Features Variety of Dances
Alma College students will perform ballet, modern and some less seen
dance styles during the annual Student Choreographers’ Concert.
The performances will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 in the Remick Heritage Center Dance Studio.
Admission is free and open to the public. Tickets are required because of limited seating. Call (989) 463-7334 for ticket information.
“The concerts are completely student developed, directed and choreographed,” says Carol Fike, co-chair of the Alma College Dance Department. “The students start working on their dances in September. It’s an opportunity for them to experience what it is like to produce, choreograph and design an entire dance performance, from setting up space to making sure posters and programs are printed.”
Serving as artistic director for this year’s production is Granville, Ohio, senior Jane Macdonald.
“It’s definitely going to be a varied show,” says Macdonald. “My biggest challenge is keeping all the balls in the air, so to speak— doing all the behind-the-scenes details. It has been a great learning experience.”
The program will feature 10 dances, including modern pieces that tell a story, contemporary ballet done to modern pop songs, dances performed to musical theatre, and dances with cultural overtones.
Dances include “Rockabye,” choreographed by Livonia sophomore Kori Snow; “Storms in Africa” by Medina, N.Y., junior Johanna Thompson; “Truth” by Macdonald; and “The Dark I Know Well” and “Alegria” by Breckenridge junior Tara Roberts.
Other dances include “I Wanna Be” by Howell sophomore Sara Miller; “Hide and Seek” by Alma junior Joree Abbey-Stone, Marquette junior Patricia Wales and Grand Ledge junior Lindsay Copeland; “Saeglopur" by Sylvan Lake junior Diana Walton, “St. James Infirmary” by Rochester Hills sophomore Gabriella Abrego, and “Not Alone” by Columbus, Ohio, senior Claire Hammer.
Fike, along with Tom Morris, associate professor of theatre and dance, will review the performances. Particularly strong pieces will be included in the spring show March 14-16.
Posted: Wed, January 9th, 2008 at 11:04AM