Student Choreographers Showcase Dance Styles
At Alma College’s annual Student Choreographers’ Concert, students are in charge of everything — from the choreography to the lighting to the performing.
“This concert gives the students of the Alma College Dance Company a chance to create works of their own,” explains Midland senior Tyler Sheets, one of the student directors of the show. “The concert also gives theatre students the opportunity to try their skills in lighting design and other technical roles.”
This year’s Student Choreographers’ Concert takes place at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 and Saturday, Jan. 21 and 3 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Remick Heritage Center Dance Studio. Admission is free and open to the public, though seating is reserved and limited. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
Student directors work with the company members to organize rehearsal times, create technical schedules and transform the dance studio into a small-scale auditorium.
“This concert is a lot more intimate since it does take place in the dance studio,” says Sheets. “The audience experiences a closer connection with the dances and the dancers themselves.”
Because of the increasing popularity of the show, a third public performance has been added to the schedule, says Sheets.
“This year we will have performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday,” says Sheets. “The reason for including this extra show is that the popularity of this concert has increased over the years, and we want as many people to see the concert as possible.”
The concert will showcase a variety of dance styles, all created by the dance company students.
“The audience can expect to see a lot of variety in this show,” explains Sterling Heights senior Jaclyn Bodary, another director of the concert. “The show consists of nine pieces choreographed by members of the Alma College Dance Company. Every style of dance is portrayed in the show, making it very interesting and exciting.”
Posted: Sun, January 8th, 2012 at 3:48PM