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Dance Premiere Gala

By Sarah Liebowitz; A&E Editor, Hannah Huckins; For the Clock
On February 9, 2017

On Feb. 4 at 8 p.m., PSU’s annual Dance Premiere Gala closed the curtain on a day of classes and workshops with PSU faculty and the BoSoma Dance Company.

One of the workshops on Saturday.

Open to the public, the Gala displayed a veritable buffet of diverse dance styles and choreography. From contemporary, to tap, ballet, and more there was something for everyone at this year’s Dance Premiere Gala.

The day of classes brought almost 200 dancers from dance studios, public schools, and emerging and professional companies from five New England states. Individuals could register for $60, which included four classes, one master workshop, a Gala ticket, and a pre-show dessert. Classes were free to PSU students.

Each class was 75 minutes long. Classes consisted of jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary, hip hop, repertory, and theater dance. In the evening there were two workshops: one with PSU Dance Team, and another on empowering youth through movement.

“We are building a community of dance in New England. The event provides experiences in technique, performance and networking for a diverse group of dancers,” said Amanda Whitworth, director of dance at PSU.

The event, which has been going on for more than 15 years, is also an opportunity for alumni to return to campus. “They are the reason the event is so successful,” said Whitworth. “They prove that the dance division will continue to have a powerful and meaningful presence in our state.”

The day concluded with a Gala performance, which included 23 different dances. The show proved that dance can relate to just about anything; from simpler things like dreams in “Sleepwalking,” to the theory of a single occurrence effecting the continuity of the world in “Butterfly Effect.”

Performances shed light on everyday problems like the monotony of the daily grind, as shown in “Synchronized Rat Race.”

Dance creates a space for reflection and a chance for connection with people from many backgrounds. The final dance, “Convergence,” was about ten culturally different people coming together to find strength in each other and inspire change for the future.

“Participants have commented on how fun the day of workshops were; how special it is to work with faculty and professionals,” said Whitworth.

At the end of the day, the tired dancers changed into their street clothes and headed for the door. The memories of the day would stay with them long after the curtain closed. 

PSU Alumni and current students pose during a break in between Satudurday's workshops. (L to R) Alexandra Cardi, Suzanna Derynioski, Erica Courtemanche, Mariah Rasmussen, Emma Partridge, Kendra Fox, Abby Sprackland, Lauren LaBreck,
Stephanie Lacuzio, Jess Simpson, and Maya Infascelli.




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