Guest Artist Karen Montanaro—a renowned performer—and students in the Stephens College World Dance class today demonstrated mimedance for the campus community, including students from the Stephens College Children’s School.
Mimedance is a combination of mime movements and dance. Montanaro, an award-winning choreographer, created the art form with her husband Tony Montanaro, a 20th century American mime artist.
Montanaro has been at Stephens for seven weeks teaching both dance students and a class for non-majors. Some of her work is being featured in the Spring Dance Concert, which continues at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at Macklanburg Playhouse. Because of a weather cancellation last week, there will also be a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee.
During Thursday’s program, Montanaro directed students as they demonstrated interpretative movements, mime and dance. Students portrayed eagles, an imaginary game of tug-of-war and spontaneous movement.
But you don't have to be a dancer to explore that type of movement, Montanaro told the audience.
“Everybody is a dancer; it doesn’t matter if you call yourself a dancer or not,” she said, pointing to natural rhythmic movements everyone has, including regular heartbeats.
“And you dance to the beat of your own drummer, so you’re a dancer in my book,” she said.
For those who are dancers, Montanaro encourages them to let loose, overcome fear and experiment with positions they might not feel comfortable with. Several of Thursday's public demonstrations were impromptu.
In this video, senior dancers demonstrate movement based on interpretations of the music.
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