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Dancers enchant audience at spring showcase

by Erica Curtis - Contributing Writer
Tue, Mar 27th 2018 11:00 pm

A flock of women in bright red pants, a hilarious travesty of Britney Spears’ “Circus” and a rainbow-clad group of talented ladies started out Dance Strasser with a bang this past weekend as the third dance show in the Fine Arts Series for the 2017-2018 season.

The College at Brockport held its annual spring showcase in the Strasser Theater in Hartwell Hall from March 22-24. As an exhibition for undergraduate and graduate students at the college to display their abilities and choreography, the hour and a half long show was full of interesting pieces and people.

“The show was a good one. I really enjoyed all of the dances and it was fun to see some of my friends out there dancing in their first performances here. I know how much work went into the show so to see the finished product turn out so well was really cool,” freshman dance major Bailey Kernan said.

While some of the duets or solos were choreographed by the dancers themselves, most were choreographed by other students. Anyone could submit a piece to be reviewed by a panel of judges, but only 12 were admitted into the show.

“I wanted to create a world filled with joy. The music really influenced that and we did it to counts which was new to me,” Dutch DeCarvalho said, a senior at the college and choreographer of the piece likewise entitled “The Joy of Light.” Other choreographers weighed in on their processes as well.

“I tried to pick music I would like to dance to and my dancers would like to dance to, as well as [the audience]. We’re here to entertain,” junior Isaiah Harris said.

Entertain they did. The musical stylings, lighting and costume designs pulled together the show. Jasmine Esquilin choreographed her dance not to music, but the sound of the dancer’s feet and hands instead, which made a powerful opener to the show. 

Other musical accompaniments included songs by Billie Holiday, Johann Sebastian Bach and Glass Animals.

While the choreographers were instrumental in the process, the dancers really stole the show. With an all-around amazing performance from each individual dancer, the long practices and hard work was evident, as was the chemistry between the dancers.

“The most memorable part of the process for the show would be the first rehearsal, especially coming in as a freshman, but everyone I worked with was just very welcoming,” freshman performer Catherine McConnell said.

The stand-out dances were the funny or up-beat performances or the dances with notable costumes, but the technique and talent was obvious in them all. 

“What I want people to take away from this performance is a new perspective on art and the different forms of art,” freshman performer Carrie McVay said. “I want [people] to appreciate the work we put in to our specific art.”

The show was clearly received well by the audience. Nothing but praise and applause echoed throughout the theater both during and after the show ended.

 “It was successful in that it was very diverse. I think they did a good job selecting pieces with different concepts and tones and it read well with the audience,” freshman Kaitlin Hill said.

Five more events remain in the 2017-2018 Fine Arts Series at the College at Brockport, at least one in every category. It is the series’ 50th year focusing on enriching campus and community life through theatre, music and dance performances and art exhibitions. You can find a complete schedule online at the college’s website under “Fine Arts.”

 

ecurt1@u.brockport.edu

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