Dancers prepare for Fall Showcase

Shira Tarlo, Staff Writer

 

Dancers from different backgrounds and experience levels will move together in harmony at the Fall Dance Showcase. The performance encompasses some of the many dance forms within the University community, with an aim of illustrating the connective power of dance across all disciplines. The show is comprised of choreography created by students and faculty members.

The Fall Dance Showcase premieres Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. and will play again on Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. at Harvey M. Powers Theatre. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased through the Box Office, either online or in person at the Weis Center.

“The performance reinforces the talent that comes from every part of Bucknell’s campus and the love everyone shares for dance,” dancer, choreographer, and student director Elyse Pfleger ’17 said.

It draws from a range of genres, including modern, contemporary, jazz, musical theatre, ballet, hip-hop, Irish step, Chinese water sleeves, and social dance.

According to Pfelger, any University member can audition, providing an opportunity for students of all levels of experience to participate in the performance.

“The audition process is different for different people, depending on how many auditions they have experienced. However, we believe ours is fun and energized, filled with different kinds of movement and the space for auditionees to add in their own skills and styles,” Pfelger said.

The Showcase will exhibit performances by first-time and experienced dancers, faculty members, alumni, guest artists, members of the University’s Department of Theatre and Dance, and the Bison Girls Dance Team.

Just as she has done for many semesters in the past, Associate Professor of Political Science and Diversity & Inclusion Faculty Fellow Atiya Stokes-Brown is performing in the Fall Dance Showcase this semester.

The rehearsal commitment varies based on personal preference. Each rehearsal is one hour each week, but dancers can be cast in up to three pieces.

Madi Standen ’19 has been dancing since age three, but the Fall Dance Showcase will be her first time performing at the University. Standen says she is excited to “do what she does best” at the University-level.

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