Student Choreographers Direct Dance Concert
Student dancers at Alma College will demonstrate their skills, creativity and originality at the 14th annual Student Choreographers’ Concert.
The performances by the Alma College Dance Company take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22nd and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23rd at the Remick Heritage Center Dance Studio. Admission is free, but a ticket is required. Limited seating is available. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
While Alma College student dancers often perform the choreography of other artists, the Student Choreographers’ Concert provides an opportunity for students to create their own leaps, spins and twirls. From the lighting to the music to the stage movements, the entire performance is directed by the students.
Troy junior Krystine Elchuk and Manistee junior Kimberly Barker are eager to debut on stage.
“Getting ready for this show is really exciting; the energy and passion going into these pieces makes rehearsing that much more fun,” says Elchuk. “It gives the choreographers and the dancers an opportunity to have fun, experiment with their creativity, and use what they've learned through the department.”
Barker, who choreographed two of the dances, “Pictures at an Exhibition” and “Hide and Seek,” appreciates the opportunity to produce her own work.
“I like that this concert gives the students an opportunity to create works instead of just performing them,” she says. “I plan on teaching dance after graduation, so for me it is good practice to set works on my peers and get a feel for the process.”
With 12 dances total, Elchuk says the audience can expect “surprises.”
“The variety amongst the individual dancers in our company is amazing,” she says. “This show gives us a chance to showcase that.”
Barker adds, “It has a lot of variety and depth this year. Some pieces are sad and meaningful and others are very energetic and just fun to watch. Everyone should come.”
Posted: Tue, January 11th, 2011 at 4:34PM