“Unfolding”: dancers proving their worth

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In light of the recent cancellation of Westmont’s dance minor, student dancers are determined to prove their worth.

Currently, they are preparing to ‘wow’ audiences in this year’s fall dance concert, “Unfolding.” The hour-long program of short pieces contains a wide variety of choreography, conveying new meaning expressed in each dance.

The thoughtfully selected title of the concert this year, “Unfolding,” is the overarching theme of the entire concert. Susan Alexander, dance professor and head of the fall dance concert, explains, “Unfolding holds many meanings: life unfolds, choreography unfolds, events unfold and stories unfold. A student’s life unfolds over four years, and many things happen along the way to influence the direction the student will take after graduating.”

“Unfolding” will feature original choreography from both faculty and several students. Most of the choreography for the show will be Modern style dance performance, or what is sometimes called Contemporary Dance. However, the program will also include a piece choreographed by instructor Christina Sanchez for her Jazz technique class, as well as a solo choreographed and performed by fourth-year Prudence Gordon, inspired by classical ballet.

Westmont Hip-Hop group NSTEP will make an appearance with a number choreographed by second-year Jackie Rose. Other student choreographers include second-year Annie Koeller, third-year Miranda Wittrock and fourth-year Jenny Jay.

“In other dances in the program, choreographers have used the image of ‘unfolding’ in different ways,” said Alexander. “A second piece I choreographed, ‘Speed Bump,’ uses the images of dealing with traffic patterns and navigating an obstacle course, also metaphors for what we confront going through life.”

The variety of themes and dance genres throughout the show appeals to a wide range of interests. This invigorating show is guaranteed to keep the audience involved and inspired as the performers express themselves and common life themes in a way that is both beautiful and unique.

“My hope is for those in the audience who are dancers to be encouraged through this performance to become involved in the future,” said Koeller.

Alexander expressed her gratitude for how hard the cast has worked and her excitement to see the final product.

“It’s important to share this work with an audience, and I hope the Westmont community will come to the performances and show their support of the dance program at Westmont,” said Alexander.

The performance will take place on Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. and on Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Porter Theatre. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for students, seniors and children.


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