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Faculty choreography showcase set for Feb. 24, Feb. 25

Brigham Young University’s talented dance faculty will showcase their latest pieces on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24 and 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dance Studio Theatre, 169 Richards Building.

The Faculty Choreography Showcase concert provides faculty and students an important opportunity to explore creative works and performance.

Featured faculty include: Rachel Barker, Kalise Child, Karen Jensen, Rebecca Lewis, Andrea McCallister, Camille Monson, Kate Monson, Arwen Rogers, and Kori Wakamatsu.

Tickets are $6 and are available through the Fine Arts Ticket Office, (801) 422-4322, or online at

The show opens with Karen Jensen’s Inside, Outside, Upside Down, a light-hearted piece with live accompaniment. Next, Arwen Rogers’ choreography makes a dramatic shift and tackles the harsh issues of genocide.  Her piece, Roots, was inspired by her mother’s humanitarian experience.

Kalise Child has choreographed a piece about optimism in LOOK UP! Her contemporary ballet style is sure to be a delight.  Kate Monson performs a piece choreographed by former dance alumnus Aaron Shaw. Divinity is deeply spiritually driven and subtly implores the viewer to find personal application.

The latter portion of the concert begins with an improvisation-based piece directed by Kori Wakamatsu.  It will engage audience members as they will be asked to contribute their opinions and ideas. Rachel Barker’s, We Push Through, explores the idea of how to overcome trials. The last piece in the concert, La Donna, celebrates the inherent strength of women. Choreographed by Camille Monson, it showcases student, faculty, and guest performers on stage together.  This piece also features an art installation created by Jean Richardson, Visual Arts Faculty.

Writer: Melissa Connor

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