Feeling and form

The Wright State University Dance Program hosted dozens of emerging choreographers and dancers from around the country during a unique 10-day day festival.

Organized by the Regional Dance America, the 61st National Choreography Intensive (NCI) took place in Wright State’s Creative Arts Center from July 17–27. This is the first time Wright State’s Dance Program hosted the NCI.

During the National Choreography Intensive, choreographers took classes on the concepts and craft of choreography and set new work with dancers each day. The dancers took daily dance technique classes followed by rehearsals and performances of new works.

Almost 100 high school, college and post-college dancers and choreographers participated in the festival. Many of the participants received scholarships at their regional festivals to attend the national festival, and a number of the choreographers are working professionals.

“These dancers come from across the United States,” said Erika Davis, CEO of Reginal Dance America. “We have students from Wright State as well that are participating.”

Wright State dance major Audrey Lee, who begins her first year on campus this fall, said working with various choreographers at the festival should prepare her for work after college.

“I just hope that I use this knowledge that I’ve gained in my career when I’m a professional,” she said.

The festival’s faculty included several Wright State dance faculty members: Gina Walther, associate professor and head of dance, who taught modern dance; Greg Robinson, instructor in dance, who taught ballet; and Ashley Walton Pabst, instructor in dance, who taught contemporary dance.

The festival culminated with a Final Showcase of choreography and dance on July 26 in the Festival Playhouse in the Creative Arts Center.

“The marriage of feeling and form is what makes this art form the best art form there is,” said Walther.

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