Students to perform new works
Stephens dance students are gearing up to show the community their original choreographed performances during the annual New Works concert. Unlike the Spring Dance Concert in March, which featured the dances of guest artists and faculty, New Works is entirely student-run.
In addition to choreographing and performing the dances, students are in charge of production, lighting, sound and promotion. That gives the performers an inside look at what all goes into making a concert a reality, Senior Erica Bonnot said.
Bonnot is president of D-CO, the student dance organization that produces the show.
One highlight this year, she said, will be new costumes, purchased with a grant from the Stephens Alumnae Association Board.
A panel of experts judged each of the dance pieces, offering tips and advice, in March. Although not always the case, all 14 submissions were approved for performance.
Audiences can expect jazz, hip-hop and contemporary numbers. Although snow days and other obstacles meant a shorter time period to rehearse before the concert, Bonnot said the performances are falling into place.
The dancers joining her in her choreographed jazz number “did a really good job of picking up what I wanted them to do,” she said.
New Works will start at 7:30 p.m. April 19-20 with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on April 21 at the Warehouse Theatre. General admission is $8, seniors and students $6 and admission for Stephens students is $3. Get tickets now!