Spring dance concert opens this weekend

Image from Student Choreographers Show. Image courtesy of Cassie Haley.

The Alma College Dance Company is collaborating with different departments across campus to make its annual spring concert come to life.

In order to make the opening dance, called “Vessel,” a reality, Lynn Andrews—visiting professor of theatre and dance—relied on the creative talents of her students to help co-choreograph, the artistic ability of Carrie Anne Parks-Kirby to create the pottery used as props, the musical expertise of Joe Moscheck and several others.

Andrews hopes that utilizing different creative outlets on campus will help dancers and audiences connect to the pieces.

“Now is the time for the women to take to heart the choreography and make it their own,” said Andrews. “Dancing is all about connecting the mind, body, and the spirit on stage.”

Other pieces included in the show are “Absent” by Isabelle Limodin (16), “Strange New Arrives Unbidden” by Kristen Bennett and Nic Gareiss, “Synchronicity” by Hazel Sabas, “Thinking About You” by Morgan Markowicz (16) and “Giss-Giss” by Joanna Rosenthal.

“It was a surprise to have my dance piece selected for the Spring Concert,” shared Limodin, who originally created this piece for the Student Choreography Concert that took place in Jan.

Every year after the student show takes place, instructors select their favorite pieces to be a part of the Spring Concert; it is highly competitive and considered an honor to be chosen.

“I didn’t think my piece would be selected compared to some of the other works. I am very proud of my piece and the way it has helped me to grow as an artist and person. It has helped me to learn how to be a teacher: strict, encouraging, grateful, and more importantly, to pass my knowledge of dance and technique on to others.”

Limodin is not the only dancer who will be passing knowledge down to others this weekend. The spring concert is the last college performance for all senior dancers in the company.

“Senior dancers, just know that you will be missed,” said Andrews. “Really enjoy this time in your life while performing at Alma College.”

To catch a glimpse of Andrew’s “Vessels” piece, of Limodin’s choreographed dance or of the senior dancers in action, stop by the Remick Heritage Center this weekend.

The performances will take place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 22. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under.

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