Rogers to compete in local choreography showcase

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By Avery Novitch

Assistant head of the Department of Dance Marcus Rogers will have his choreography featured in a local dance showcase, “So You Think You Can Choreograph.”

The competition will take place on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 8:00 p.m. at the Spa Little Theatre in Saratoga Springs.

Finalists for the competition were selected by artistic director of the Nacre Dance Company Beth Fecteau.

The winners of the competition, two of the finalists, will be offered the position of guest choreographer.

One winner will be local and one will be from outside of the Capital District.

Rogers in one of 10 talented finalists from all over the nation who will present original choreography in the showcase.

Rogers is also one of three  choreographers from the Capital District to have their work featured in the showcase.

Rogers will be representing Schenectady, while two other contestants will represent Albany and Saratoga Springs.

The other choreographers come from all over the nation, including Brooklyn, N.Y.; New York City; Lansing, Mich.; Philidelphia, Pa.; and Milwaukee, Wis.

Rogers teaches jazz, tap, lyrical jazz and yoga in Union’s Department of Dance.

In addition, he creates original choreography for Union’s annual Winter Dance Concert.

Rogers trained in New York City at the Joffrey Ballet School, Peridance Center and Studio Maestro.

Rogers has both served as performer and choreographer, performing with Northeast Ballet and Albany Berkshire Ballet Company.

Rogers has also choreographed a show entitled “Cassandra, The Musical” that will appear at Proctor’s Theatre in fall 2014.

Rogers makes choreographic contributions to Union’s Department of Dance each year through its various performances and showcases.

Many of us remember the moving duet between Marcus Rogers and Jenna Langhans ’13 performed in both the Winter Dance Concert and the Steinmetz Dance Concert in 2013 to Christina Perri’s song, “A Thousand Years.”

Rogers choreographed the duet in addition to performing in it.

Upon submitting footage of this performance to the compettition, sponsored by the Nacre Dance Company, Rogers was selected as a finalist for the choreography showcase.

Rogers will be showcasing new choreography at the performance, entitled “Euphoric Desolation.”

Rogers’ contemporary-style piece will be performed by his long-time student Alexis Kuentzel.

The winner of the competition will be commissioned to choreograph a piece for the Nacre Dance Company for their March 2015 showcase.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 518-817-3833 or at www.nacredance.com/tickets.php.

There will be a wine and cheese reception following the showcase, during which the winners of the competition will be announced.

The winner of the competition is determined through audience participation, so please come out and support the Union performing arts family.

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