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Seniors to showcase signature dances at October concert

October 26, 2015

Senior dance majors have choreographed their own personal stories and ideas into original pieces that will debut at the Senior Dance Concert later this month.

The dances were inspired by life, death and memories of home. There’s also a number that’s perfect for the Halloween season. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30-31 with a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 1 at Macklanburg Playhouse. [Tickets.]

For Katy Johnson, choreographing her number has been an emotional process. One of her dances is a tribute to her father, who passed away unexpectedly during her freshman year of college. The dance, set to Julia Kent’s “Last Day in July,” will feature soft movements and simple costumes and the music features subtle water sounds reminiscent of her dad’s love of fishing. It’s a poignant piece that will likely require tissues.

Johnson’s second number, "Discombobulated," has an entirely different feel and is a fast-paced exploration of sound and movement.

Destiney Lockhart’s piece, “Warriors,” explores her journey over the past three years at Stephens. Wearing camouflage, seven dancers, including Lockhart, will portray strength and persistence through movement. Her second piece, “Effects of You,” is inspired by Fantasia Barrino’s “Side Effects of You,” and also represents Lockhart’s own life.

Savannah Blocker’s choreographed take on “Alice in Wonderland” has been three years in the making.

“I’ve been thinking about it since I saw the senior dance concert my freshman year,” she said. “They put so much effort and heart into their pieces. Now it’s my turn to step up my game because now freshmen are watching me.”

The dance, "Revenge of the Red Queen," is a Tim Burton-inspired twist on the beloved classic and will feature all of the main characters. Expect Alice, the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts to dance out the story with an unexpected ending.

The dance concert will conclude with a large number from Tiara Saddler inspired by the Chicago house music she grew up on. She said the piece, "Taste of Chicago," is a signature piece that fully showcases her personality.

Attendees can expect to be transformed.

“I want audience members to feel like they’re partying with us,” she said. “I’m bringing Chicago to Missouri.”

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