The fall dance concert showcases the work of senior dance majors and other outstanding student choreographers in the dance program. All works are performed by the Saint Mary's College Dance Company, 2010 honorees at the Natinoal College Dance Festival held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Open Night Thursday, December 1, 2011
All performances at 8 p.m.
Admissions is FREE
Original Choreography by Graduating Company Members
The evening consists of seven student pieces by choreographers Samantha Aldana, Ceci Classen, Kelly Dickinson, Nancy Hurtado, Kelsey Peterson, Leah Recania, and Tashanay Spain. Also featured in the concert is the return of Faculty Choreogapher, Rogelio Lopez Garcia, with his piece, Wishing Tree, which premiered last spring at Saint Mary’s.
Expect a wide variety of entertainment, from solos to group numbers in the styles of modern and tap dance. You will laugh and cry as the choreographers explore their life origins.
Choreographers and piece descriptions:
Samantha Aldana: A fourth year student at Saint Mary’s majoring in Dance. In her quartet, she is exploring the relationship between curves and straight lines, finding motivation through her strength and pure movement. It demonstrates that there are endless ways a body can create shapes. Aldana’s work features advanced company members.
Ceci Classen: A third year student majoring in Dance. Ceci has partnered up with a theater major to create a dance in which lighting and movement comes together as a single entity.
Kelly Dickinson: A fourth year student minoring in Dance. She has taken her childhood passion of tap dance and created a country-style hoedown including traditional line dancing. This upbeat and fast rhythmic tap will make you find yourself resisting the urge to clap your hands and stomp your feet.
Nancy Hurtado: A fourth year student majoring in Dance. Hurtado’s work takes the audience on an emotional ride of sadness, the experience of overcoming depression, and finding peace in life. Her dance is a dedication to her late father and a celebration of his life. The movement is a combination of modern, ballet, and Latin dance.
Kelsey Peterson: A second year student majoring in Dance. Her large ensemble of female dancers explores the power and strength of women.
Leah Recania: A fourth year student majoring in Dance. Through narrative and movement, she expresses the struggles girls encounter during adolescence. Movement inspired by use of breath and metaphorical strength.
Tashanay Spain: A third year student majoring in Dance. She has created a solo from the pain of dealing with alcoholism in her family.
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