Spring Dance Concert
Dance, University Center for the Arts | March 03, 2016
By Madeline Bombardi, UCA Marketing Intern
Step out of the box by attending the Spring Dance Concert, an annual performance hosted by the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. The concert that demonstrates a passion for creative movement, will take place on April 8, 9, 15, and 16 at 7:30 p.m., with matinees on April 9 and 16 at 2 p.m.
The concert features many original works, including the work of dance faculty, students, and special guests, each performing in a variety of styles, including classical ballet, modern dance, jazz, hip-hop, and tap. Jane Slusarski-Harris, director of Dance at CSU, along with her colleagues, oversees and creates original choreography and repertoire for the main dance concert.
The Spring Dance Concert is performed by dance majors and non-dance majors alike, all of whom have extensive training and interest in dance. There are roughly 20 pieces currently being composed by students, and, in mid-March, the students will audition for the concert. Slusarski-Harris and other core faculty, including Chung-Fu Chang, professor of Modern Dance, select five to eight solo and group pieces that will be featured in the concert.
In addition to the student-composed work, faculty members also create original choreography for the students. Lindsay Pierce, interim special instructor, has constructed a contemporary ballet piece and Professor Chang will present a new group piece.
This semester’s guest choreographer, Judy Bejarano, artistic director of IMPACT Dance Company and Dance instructor at CSU, will utilize live text in her modern dance. Bejarano is excited to see what the faculty and students are working on. “The Spring Dance Concert is a great opportunity for students to develop new and original works. It’s also an opportunity for the faculty to have their work presented,” stated Bejarano. She enjoys the collaborative effort of students and teachers working together to create a beautiful performance.
The concert is a compilation of mixed dance genres, giving a unique experience for the audience as a wide range of different styles are presented in one setting. “What I love about this concert is all the original work, it’s not historically based,” said Bejarano. “It’s always interesting to see what my colleagues are creating. I love to look at new work and watch students grow and think about their artistic voice.”
Putting together a dance performance is stimulating, ever changing, and requires a dedicated and enthusiastic work ethic. “The students work so hard and they are so focused,” said Bejarano. “Their approach to their craft makes the whole process really enjoyable.”
The Spring Dance Concert is a unique opportunity for friends, family and community members to experience a temporal art form. The developmental process of dance is dynamic, and the final result is a snapshot of what an artist was thinking and feeling at a specific time in their life.
“Dance combines the physical, the emotional, and the intellectual in an artistic fusion. Dance is a beautiful blend of all those things,” Bejarano expressed.
The Spring Dance Concert is sure to enthrall you, and maybe even inspire some new moves on your dance floor or during spring cleaning. So, break from your weekend routine, and join us for an evening of enjoyment, energy, and the perfect combination of athleticism and artistry!
Tickets for the performance are no charge for Full-fee paying CSU students, $1 for youth (under 18), and $12 for the public. Tickets are available at the University Center for the Arts (UCA) ticket office in the UCA lobby Monday through Friday, 3:30-5:30 p.m. and 60 minutes prior to performances, by phone at (970) 491-ARTS (2787), or online at www.CSUArtsTickets.com.
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