Florida School of the Arts students will present a “Dance Showcase” on April 27 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will be held on the Florida School of the Arts Main Stage at the St. Johns River State College Palatka campus and is free and open to the public. Ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary dances will be performed by musical theatre and dance majors, as well as students enrolled in the College’s new elective dance courses.
“This concert allows our experienced and beginning dancers the opportunity to share the stage as a culmination of the work they have accomplished this semester,” explained FloArts dance instructor Mary Love Ward. “The Dance Showcase is an exciting celebration of the whole community of dancers that makes FloArts a vibrant artistic haven. We are so happy to provide this opportunity for creative expression to all the dancers in our community, regardless of whether this is their first performance or their hundredth.”
SJR State’s new dance elective program offers select courses to all students and are held on the Palatka and Orange Park campuses. The program provides students the opportunity to explore dance for the first time or enrich their previous training as they pursue other degrees.
SJR State student Averi Jones, who is the Student Government Association president and former president of the Ballroom Dancing Club on the Orange Park campus, is currently enrolled in the Ballet 1 elective class. Although Jones is not majoring in dance, she believes it's important to pursue passions, and dance is definitely one of hers.
“As a non-dance major, it's such an incredible opportunity and an honor to perform alongside our extremely talented FloArts students. It's a gift to attend a college that allows students of all different educational backgrounds to come together to work on a project, especially one that allows us to express ourselves artistically,” Jones said.
“We're all so excited to share our dance with the community,” she said.
The “Dance Showcase” will also include a special collaboration between FloArts dance majors and music composition students from Marshall University in West Virginia. According to Ward, “This collaboration allowed dance majors and composers to partner up and create an entirely new choreographic and musical work. Students developed their works throughout the semester and will be premiering their dances and musical compositions for the first time on stage during the Showcase. Dances from FloArts musical theatre courses feature the foundational studies students practice as they prepare for their performing careers, while selections from the dance major classes are from some of the more independent courses, including student choreography and repertory classes.”
Students participating in the “Dance Showcase” are: Steven Austin, Kiersten Bartholomew, Willie Beaton II, Kevin Beckam, Kendahl Bermudez, Olivia Bleak, Austin Carroll, Yul Carrion, Caitlin Charrier, Breane Critchlow, Adrienne DeGuzman, Savannah Dutcher, Elizabeth Exantus, Savannah Faulkner, Brian Garner, Lisa Garner, Joseph Grosso, Bella Guzman, Gordia Hayes, Alicia Hill, Amari Hollins, Melissa Hund, Averi Jones, Megan Leclair, Dillon Leone, Renay Lopez, Savannah Mallard, Taylor Mancil, Eduardo Marin, Crayton McBride, Ashley Mercado, Jacqueline Miller, Savannah Mitchell, Pascale Molina, Havilah Moore, Kayla Neeper, Daniel Ortega, Brianna Osmond, Brooke Ponitz, Dion Pratt Jr., Libby Rodriguez, Rosvic Siason, Tareca Siplin, Emerson Smith Von-Weigen, Emma Stimpson, Caitlin Sweeney, Remy Vignati, Mark Wildman and Kai Wilson.
Florida School of the Arts is part of the academic and administrative structure of SJR State and awards the two-year associate degree. The School serves the entire state of Florida and is located on the SJR State Palatka campus. For more information, call 386-312-4300 or visit the website at www.floarts.org.