Anticipation builds for Steinmetz dance performance

Students rehearse a lyrical routine for the Steinmetz dance performance (Courtesy of Miryam Moutillet)

More than 90 performers will take the stage to dance at 4 p.m., Friday, May 6, at the Nott Memorial, in the Lothridge Festival of Dance, presented each year at the Steinmetz Symposium. Choreographers and group leaders will bring a variety of dance styles to the stage with the vigor of youth and a celebratory spirit.

The hour-long show includes highlights from this year’s Winter Dance Concert, “Minds of Interest,” inspired by artists, scientists and activists of the 20th century.

Featured are faculty choreographies by Miryam Moutillet and Marcus Rogers as well as pieces by Jillian Callanan ’16, Avery Novitch ’16, Laura Schad ’16 and Megan Wells ’18. Together, we saw how great minds could infuse our choreographic work with many possibilities.

Research, exploration, inquiry, and introspection lead to the creation of “Minds of Interest.” The Steinmetz Dance Performance is an opportunity to appreciate our original work once again.

New creations are still underway. Students from The Dance Experience course, this spring, are collaborating on an edgy piece called “Dissonance.” From all different backgrounds, including ballet, modern, jazz and hip-hop, these students are sharing their unique moves and intentions in order to create a piece.

“This class provides me with the opportunity to pursue dance, which is something I have always wanted to do, and participating in this endeavor has broadened my horizons,” comments Ayanah Dowdye ’18.

Alison Rose Curley ’16 adds “‘Dissonance’ is an intense piece that may resonate with you. We all have a war being waged inside of us: joy vs. sadness, confidence versus. vulnerability, hope versus doubt. Which side wins? The one you feed.”

In addition, students from the Ballroom, Bhangra, U-Break, Hip-Hop and Step clubs, Terra Dance, the Dance Team and the Queens of Dancehall will dazzle you with their unique and surprising moves. It is important to understand the hours and hours that are invested in the process of creating a dance piece. Dance is an art that needs to be practiced over and over again until the body is in complete harmony with the music and its intentions.

It takes a great deal of commitment, training, sweat, stamina, and faith in your potential to put oneself in the spotlight. At Union, we have an amazing community of dancers are eager to share their skills and passion for dance.

Each year, we have seen this Steinmetz event grow in popularity and it is with the utmost pleasure that we intend to continue supporting this festival of dance. We invite the entire campus community to come enjoy and cheer for your peers.

This festival of dance is supported by a gift of Charles Lothridge in memory of his parents William (Class 1879) and Anna. Lothridge is also the sponsor of the Edward Villella Fellowship, which enables exceptional students to expand their dance studies beyond the Union College premises to work with various dance troupes and organizations in the U.S. and abroad. This prestigious award will be announced at the end of the show. Admission is free and open to the public.


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