The Ann Lacy School of Dance and Entertainment has their first performance of the semester Oct. 13.
Steal the Show! features work of student choreographers. There are two performances at 6:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Oct. 13 in Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center in Kirkpatrick Auditorium.
The show includes a variety of dance styles, including contemporary, musical theater, lyrical, and jazz, among others. For the first time, this year, there will also be singing numbers, featuring students from the Wanda L. Bass School of Music and School of Theatre.
“It kicks the diversity up a notch,” said Liz Friedmann, dance performance senior and choreographer.
The Student Choreography show is an opportunity for dance seniors to learn about the process behind choreographing dances and putting a show together.
“It was my first time, so it was a big first step,” said Marena Dreiling, dance performance senior. “I want to be a choreographer when I graduate. I want to perform first, but I do like the idea of creating an idea and putting it onstage, so I do think choreography is my calling.”
Participating in choreography show used to be a graduation requirement for dance performance seniors, but it is now optional. Additionally, it’s now open to dance pedagogy and dance management seniors as well, not just dance performance.
“It made the experience enjoyable because everyone that was a part of it was 100% dedicated and wanted to be here,” said Friedmann.
Friedmann said the experience inspired her to want to choreograph in the future.
“It’s definitely rewarding to see your own hard work up there in lights, for everybody to clap for. I definitely want to do more of it,” she said.
Dreiling said working with her cast was one of her favorite parts of the experience.
“The first time I saw them performing my piece and how they were able to make my idea come to life, that was a moment where I was just so amazed at how it came to be,” she said. “It’s such a collaborative process. They were able to take what I was saying and give it back to me.”
Tickets for the Student Choreography show are $8 and can be purchased at https://tickets.vendini.com/ticketLine/ITL/index/selectperformance/159687dcc413faf59ed8c2759455f15d/065e990d60ae8c52e14594cef1a67428.
Photo Credit: Hannah Rogers