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Student work featured in senior dance showcase at BYU March 31-April 1

The Department of Dance at Brigham Young University presents the senior dance showcase, "Many Faces, Many Paths," on Thursday and Friday, March 31-April 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dance Studio Theatre, 166 Richards Building.

The showcase is free and open to the public.

The showcase will feature nine seniors graduating in dance who will present pieces they choreographed, directed or performed.

"Many different styles and genres of dance are represented in the program, including ballet, social dance, ballroom, musical theatre, jazz and world dances" said Cathy Black, faculty advisor.

The world dances represent Irish, East Indian and Polynesian cultural movements.

"Each world dance is true to cultural movement, and each dance also has a journey whereby the forms are dealt with creatively by infusing with other kinds of dance genres," Black said.

Students presenting their work are Hillary Boeing, Allison Shields, Amanda Luschin, Katherine Dixon, Beth Taylor, Alison Simpson, Cammie Taylor, Jennifer Grow and Elizabeth Ellsworth.

Each of the pieces presented in the showcase show a unique style and theme. One dance piece uses American Sign Language as the theme. Sign language is used throughout the piece expressing feelings of deaf people in a hearing world.

A less serious piece exaggerates the process of shopping and begins at Sears. Another piece depicts the development of a relationship between a boy and girl who met in a Social Dance 180 class.

The senior project is a capstone experience designed for students to demonstrate their understanding of performance, technique and composition.

For more information contact Cathy Black at (801) 422-2377.

Writer: Rebekah Hanson

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