Oct 282010
Authors: Anna Baldwin

Senior dance students Kayla Freeman, Annessa Kohlhardt and Kim Norberg will direct the Student Dance Concert, which is completely student-run, opening tonight at the University Center of the Arts.

Auditions for the dance parts began at the beginning of the semester, and since then the lighting, music, producing, directing and choreographing have all been completed by students.

“There’s a lot of teamwork, planning and deadlines involved,” Kohlhardt, one of three directors, said. “Each choreographer chooses the dancers for their piece, and us directors split up responsibilities and are kind of the glue between the cracks. We all work together.”

Kohlhardt said that the concert is a great learning experience for the students, most of whom want to eventually be professional choreographers or dancers.

Each concert will be 17 dances of modern and contemporary styles. There will also be a contemporary pointe ballet dance and a jazz-influenced piece, Kohlhardt said.“

The concert is unique because it is completely produced, choreographed and directed by students. Kohlhardt and Norberg also choreographed their own feature dances.

“The cool thing about the Student Dance Concert is that dancers can come in and do whatever they want,” Norberg said. “The audience gets to see what students have been working on through the semester, and how students are developing their choreographic voice.”

There are thirteen unique dances featured in the show, several prepared by students from CSU’s Choreography II class, which requires them to choreograph a piece. However, participation is not limited to those in the class.

“Our job as students is to train to be performing artists in the future,” Kohlhardt said. “This is the community’s glimpse of what’s in store for the new generation of choreography.”

Part of the requirement for the choreography class is to include a prop, either physical or spoken. Freeman enjoys using props creatively during the show including pillowcases, spray-painted trees and a fountain with water.

“The show features a lot of creativity and talent,” Freeman added. “We work really hard, and we like to share what we’re doing.”

Staff writer Anna Baldwin can be reached at entertainment@collegian.com.

Attend the concert

  • Date: Friday, Oct. 29, and Saturday, Oct. 30
  • Time: 8 p.m. nightly; Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.
  • Location: University Dance Theatre, UCA
  • Ticket Price: $8 for CSU students, $8 for youth (ages 2 – 17), $12 for adults.
  • Advance purchase is highly recommended to avoid at-the-door ticket fees.
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