Juniors and seniors in the Wright State University Dance Ensemble will premiere 14 original choreographic works during the Emerging Choreographers Concert 2023.
Performances will take place Friday, Feb. 10, and Saturday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. in DanceSpace 170 in the Creative Arts Center.
The Emerging Choreographers Concert is free, but a $5 donation is suggested to help support future student productions.
For junior dance majors, the Emerging Choreographers Concert is an opportunity to showcase their first explorations in mature choreography. For seniors, the concert serves as the presentation of their thesis project and a culmination of their choreographic studies at Wright State.
The result is a creative collection of dances challenging literal and metaphorical perspectives, diverse choreographic styles and unique artistry.
“Each junior and senior expresses such excitement in their own individual artistry and style, culminating in an extremely diverse and engaging concert,” said Ashley Pabst, lecturer of dance. “These are the choreographers of tomorrow showcasing the depth and versatility that exists with the Wright State University Dance Program. We invite you to join us in the celebration as we witness their work come to life.”
Each new piece presented during the concert represents the unique choreographic voice every dance major begins to develop in choreography courses, as part of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance curriculum.
During their sophomore year, dance majors take choreography courses that include daily movement sessions, educational explorations and studio lab time.
During their junior year, dance majors have the freedom to begin finding their creative voice as choreographers. This includes selecting music, holding auditions, casting dancers, creating movement with their peers and making decisions about costuming and lighting design.
The concert will feature choreography by Wright State Dance Ensemble seniors Hillary Allison, Olivia Bruno, McKenna Delp, Ellie Ferraro, Sean Ferguson, Victoria Henwood, Ava Howe, Celeste Kennington and Brooklynn Skinner; and juniors Bri Chan, Daniella Fuson, Natalie Nagy, Macy Perry and Elizabeth Sabol.