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School of Dance students prepare for the Senior Dance Concert.

Photo courtesy of: School of Dance

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Each performance will strike a different chord with audiences as they all tell a specific story the choreographer molded into dance performance.

Photo courtesy of: School of Dance

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School of Dance seniors take their creations to the stage

Capstone project showcases four years of progress


Seniors from the School of Dance have prepared for the upcoming Senior Dance Concert with months of rehearsals that tested the students’ original choreography.  

Created completely by senior dance students as part of their capstone project, performances are at 7 and 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Shirley Wimmer Dance Theatre in Putnam Hall.

The concert features twelve choreographic works, comprising five solos and seven ensemble pieces, and encompasses a wide range choreography from the lighthearted and comical to the dark and sinister.

A few works even feature the use of props and live accompaniment. Each performance will strike a different chord with audiences as they all tell a specific story the choreographer molded into dance performance.

Among the works featured in the concert are:

  • “Lot Kidz,” choreographed by Justin Middlebrook, is an attempt to illuminate and question the intensification of authority in present day America. Middlebrook depicts his views of the expanding watching eye of the American government as well as the increase of manipulative control that elite officials place upon various subcultures within our society.

  • In a dance by Keri Lynn Noble, seven dancers explore the ups and downs of showbiz while trying to perform as individuals within a unified group. Noble plays with choreographic ideas borrowed from musical theater to help create the power of group performances. Seven picture frames hang at head height in the back of the stage representing the headshots and resumes of each dancer trying to make it in the real world.

  • “Nod,” a solo choreographed and danced by Liz Dunlap, is based on the idea that dreams can sometimes be a welcome escape from reality. Accompanied by music by Booker T. and the MGs, Dunlap is inspired to wake up and move with energy, confidence and a touch of humor.
Admission is $6. Ohio University students with valid ID receive free admission through Arts for Ohio. Tickets reservations can be made with the College of Fine Arts ticket office, located in Kantner Hall.