‘On the Move’ performed by students and faculty

Brittany Johnson

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The City College Dance department’s students and faculty are “On the Move” for their latest concert at the Saville Theatre Dec. 4 and 5.

In preparation, “13 student choreographers auditioned, and seven made the cut,” said Alicia Rincon, Head of Dance and Co-Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department. The choreographers work on their pieces’ spacing and technique with faculty members preparing for the show. Finally, they work with Carol Whaley, the costume designer, who will help the students with wardrobe.

The concert encompasses many different styles of dance. “Moving to a hip-hop beat,” the students use their “modern impressions and the sights and sounds of a new generation,” according to the flyer. These different dance styles combine to create the dance department’s student and faculty concert.
“This is a great opportunity for the students to share the stage with experienced faculty choreographers,” Rincon said.
When asked what Rincon is most looking forward to, she replied, “The great student work. Not to downplay the dance faculty amazing choreographic talent, but the students only have the fall semester to create their dance pieces and audition them for the fall dance concert.”
The students have been working diligently to prepare their pieces and worked on a tight rehearsal schedule. The opportunity to showcase their talents to the community is a memorable one.
“They must work fast to develop their dances,” Rincon said. “The students quickly create an alliance between dancer and choreographer to share and develop the process of storyline, technique, and performance skills. This bond between performer and creator is the power that really connects with the audience.”
Rincon, director of the event, has prepared her students all semester for this performance. The students receive a letter grade based on their technique, effort, creativity, attendance, and professionalism.

“I am always surprised at the creativity and tenacity the student choreographers bring to the rehearsal to take their ideas to fruition,”Rincon said.
“On the Move” provides an artistic night out for spectators of all ages and backgrounds. Rincon believes everyone should attend this event because, “Our students and faculty have so much to say concerning this world we live in. They have a story to tell and the passion to communicate it to the audience.” Rincon says the dancers will “demand your attention and give their love of this wonderful art form called dance. They are the new generation!”

“On the Move” premieres Dec. 4 at 8p.m. There will also be two shows on Dec. 5 at 2p.m. and 8 p.m. Student, senior, and military admission is $10; General admission is $15. For more information visit: www.sdcity.edu/savilletheater/events.asp or contact the dance department at (619) 388-3563.

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