Fall Dance Concerts Showcase Student Choreography

By Kathryn Corbitt '18

Thursday, Dec. 7, marks the first night of St. Lawrence University's Performance and Communication Arts Fall Dance Concert, which will be held for three nights in Gulick Theatre. Thursday's dress rehearsal and the shows Friday, Dec. 8, and Saturday, Dec. 9, begin at 8 p.m. All performances are free and open to the public, however Friday and Saturday concerts do require tickets.

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There will be nine dances, with three classes making up the concert: Beginner/Intermediate Modern, Beginner Ballet, and an Independent Study as well as three student-choreographed pieces. Each class has been rehearsing routines for this concert since their first day of class in August, meeting four times a week to choreograph pieces for the performance.

Kerri Canedy, visiting assistant professor of performance and communication arts, has been involved with these concerts for the past eight years – a total of 15 concerts. She teaches two to three dance classes each semester and has brought the dance concert to what it is today.

“There is always something for everyone,” Canedy said, “because there are always various styles of dance represented.”

The first performance Thursday night is the most awaited moment for all involved in the concert: It is the first night all the dances will be performed to their full glory – with lights, costumes, and, most importantly, an audience. “My favorite part of the show is opening night,” said Canedy, “when I see all the hard work, and countless hours of rehearsal come together, and I am just so proud of everyone and so excited to see them shine up on that stage.”

Tickets can be obtained either online or can be picked up at Gulick Box Office from 1 to 5 p.m., Dec. 4 to 8. Contact the Department of Performance and Communication Arts at 315-229-5166.