SLU Students Will Perform in the Fall Dance Concert
By Ashley Richardson '15
St. Lawrence University will feature its Fall 2014 dance concert “Dancing on the Edge” at 8 p.m. on both Friday, Dec. 5, and Saturday, Dec. 6.
Kerri Canedy, adjunct instructor of dance at St. Lawrence, explained that the concert’s title was inspired by one of the pieces to be performed by her modern dance class, “Masquerade.”
“It’s literally a masquerade ball gone wrong,” she said, “and the students will be dancing on the edge of the stage.”
Many of the routines in the 2014 dance concert series have a little bit of an edge to them. One performance, “Into The Flames,” which was choreographed by Canedy, pairs contemporary ballet movements with dubstep music.
“We are really trying to push the envelope between what people expect and what we’re doing,” Canedy said. “For one of the student choreographed performances, we worked with artist Le Quoc Viet.”
Le Quoc Viet’s "Secret Mantra,” is currently installed in the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery. However, during the dance concert, the colorful calligraphy lanterns used in his showcase will set the stage for the student modern dance piece “Composition Lab.”
Canedy expressed how wonderful it is to watch her students transform from the first day of classes.
“It’s a huge difference,” she said. “They come in on the first day, some PCA (Performance and Communication Arts) majors, others who haven’t danced before and never thought they would be on the stage. But by the time the show opens, they’re brilliant up there and so proud of themselves, and the transformation is amazing.”
While this fall dance concert aims to push the boundaries of the audience’s expectations, Canedy explained that the audience can still expect to see some old favorites, including “Snow Dreams,” which is a holiday-themed ballet piece.
While the concert is free and open to the general public, tickets are required for the performance. Tickets will be available from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Gulick Theatre Box Office from Monday, Dec. 1, through Thursday, Dec. 4.
For more information, call 315-229-5166.