COD students to show off ballet, jazz, contemporary styles at upcoming dance recital

The college’s dance program will be holding a dance showcase on Friday, November 16 at Lemont High School’s Arts Center at 8p.m. Katherine Skleba, the co-artistic director of the dance program, described it as “a college dance showcase featuring student choreography as well as dance faculty choreography.”  She also said student choreography auditions are held the second or third week of the fall semester and are open to any students who want to choreograph. Skleba said the showcase will include “a ballet piece, a flamenco dance piece, contemporary and jazz.”

There will be another dance show in the spring semester, which Skleba says is a “more formal dance concert. We are more selective with what student choreography works. It’s more concert dance.”

She says the show on Friday “really is a fusion of all dance styles and there is emphasis on student choreography instead of faculty.” The student choreographers learn about the process of choreography and collaborate with costume and lighting designers.

Auditions will be held in the spring for a second show. Skleba said choreographer “present a snippet of what they’d like to put on stage” and a panel chooses some choreographers. “Later we have dancer auditions, they don’t have to be a dance student, they could be majoring in something else but enjoy dance.” Skleba said they received about 30 dancer auditions.

This showcase will feature 7 dance pieces, which each practice once a week.  Sarah Fugate, choreographer and dancer, said, “We have had about 8 weeks to prepare. We have been rehearsing our pieces once a week for an hour and a half time slot.”

Fugate described the piece she’s choreographing as “a combination of jazz and contemporary hip-hop.”

Skleba says, “the dance program has been growing since about 6 years ago, we’ve been working really hard on creating a college dance program and preparing students for dancing at a university level.”

Skleba hopes “to be able to become an accredited program where students can get an ASA with an emphasis in dance.”

Fugate said, “I’m excited for everyone to see our pieces we’ve worked so hard on this semester. I’ve choreographed in previous years and I love being able to create new pieces and share them with my dancers and the audience.”

 

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