Dance Project highlights student choreography

Dance Project highlights student choreography

The Student Dance Project is Dec. 1-2 in Mabel Lee Hall's Dance Space.
The Student Dance Project is 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1-2 in Mabel Lee Hall. Tickets are $5 general admission and $3 for students and senior citizens.

The Glenn Korff School of Music presents its 13th annual Student Dance Project Dec. 1-2.

The program features original work by student choreographers and is directed by Susan Ourada, associate professor of dance. Performances are 7:30 p.m. both days in Mabel Lee Hall, Room 304/310.

“This is a very diverse show of 16 dances made by 15 current students and one recent graduate,” Ourada said. “It’s a modern dance-based show, but there are influences from jazz and ballet and hip-hop and really anything you can imagine.”

Performances in the production were created through a dance composition course in the Glenn Korff School of Music.

“The students not only have to do studies in class that hopefully inform their work as choreographers, but they also have to keep moving forward on having a work made in under 15 weeks,” Ourada said.

The students in the class audition students to perform in the dance numbers. They also select music for the performance.

“One of the pieces by Jordan Patt actually has live original music,” Ourada said. “Her previous work was selected last year for the American College Dance Association Regional Conference Gala, which was a huge honor. This year, she’s making her work with a live musician.”

The production also includes eight lighting design students from a theatre course led by Laurel Shomaker, associate professor, and Jaime Mancuso, graduate student.

Tickets to the performance, which are available at the door, are $5 general admission and $3 for students and senior citizens.

Learn more about the Student Dance Project.