FOBD Newsletter: Notes on the New Dancers Showcase

The following notes on November’s New Dancers Showcase were prepared by Assistant Professor Dr. Suzanne Oliver:

The New Dancers Showcase was presented Thursday through Saturday, November 1-3, 2007 at 7:30 pm in the Rose L. Strasser Studio.  This undergraduate debut performance provided graduate dance students the opportunity to experiment choreographically while giving the first year students a taste of rehearsal and performance at the college level.

New Dancers Showcase was directed by graduate student, Kelly Kavanaugh and advised by me, Suzanne Oliver. Choreography by graduate students ranged from work influenced by Jamaican dance hall style to a contemporary piece that explored the concepts of "change, self-doubt, overcoming fear, and the value of challenging oneself." A technique demonstration based on movement developed in my new dancers’ modern dance technique class was also featured.

Graduate students and faculty involved in the production were impressed with the technical and expressive range demonstrated by these young dancers. Though they come from a variety of backgrounds and influences, the basic love of dance is clear, as is their openness to new ways of analyzing, understanding, and exploring their personal relationship to movement.

In response to the increasing popularity of this show, the performance was presented on three nights. Admission to the performance was free, but contributions to a new scholarship fund for undergraduate dance majors were accepted at the door.

Friends of Brockport Dance Newsletter, Vol. 1, No. 1 (January 2008)

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