Student Choreography Showcase
Concert Director: Cindy Flach
April 7-8, 2017
USC Dance Studios,
324 Sumter St.
April 7: 7pm
April 8: 7pm & 8:30pm
Available only at the door.
Four senior dance performance majors will see their original work take center stage, as the UofSC Department of Theatre and Dance presents its Student Choreography Showcase at the UofSC Dance Studios, April 7-8.
Directed by dance instructor Cindy Flach, the showcase features four original works conceived and choreographed by dance students. Each of the pieces were originally premiered in the Fall 2016 Student Choreography Showcase, and were selected to be further developed for this concert.
Moving the pieces forward from the fall concert allows the students to further develop and lengthen their work, says Flach. “It really helps mature the pieces, and it gives the choreographers more time to think and analyze what they’ve done before,” Flach said. “The extra time spent in the studio allows the work to become deeper on numerous levels.”
The performance will take place in-studio, marking the first time that showcase dancers will perform on the same level as the audience, rather than on a stage. Flach believes the more intimate space will give the audience a newfound appreciation of the dancers’ athleticism. Choreographer and senior dance performance major Mary Scott agrees.
“I have already named my piece ‘Looking at you looking at me’ because I was influenced by the idea of the dancers being able to see the audience while they are performing, which a typical stage does not allow for,” Scott said.
Scott has participated in the student choreography showcase since her freshman year; this is her fifth time choreographing a piece.
“When I choreographed my first piece in my sophomore year, I was hesitant on whether I wanted to undertake such a big responsibility,” Scott said. “But the process and the finished product were so worth it.”
Senior Grace Hartford also recognizes the showcase as one of her favorite experiences.
“It brings the student body closer together and gives us an opportunity to work with our peers and discover our creative voice,” she said.
Included in the program are original works by Hartford and Scott, as well as works by Lauren Bobo and Brandy White.
For more information about the Student Choreography Showcase or the dance program at the University of South Carolina, contact Kevin Bush by phone at 803-777-9353 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.