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NOVEMBER 2016

Florida School of the Arts presents Dance Showcase

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Students studying dance and musical theatre, as well as students enrolled in elective dance courses at Florida School of the Arts, will partner for a “Dance Showcase” on December 5 at 7:00 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.

Students will perform dances from course material as well as independent student choreography projects. In this unique showcase, dancers who are on the FloArts professional track come together with students who are just beginning their experience with dance. The showcase gives all students real-world experience as performers, regardless of their previous experience.

FloArts dance instructor Mary Love Ward said, “More importantly, the showcase celebrates the diversity of FloArts’ growing dance community. We feel it is essential for student development for students to have a chance to be on the stage. The showcase will feature dances from our varied course offerings including ballet, contemporary, partnering, tap, jazz and musical theatre selections.”

A collaboration of musical compositions by FloArts dance choreography students and Marshall University music composition students will also be featured. This is the second semester of this collaborative relationship established by Dr. Mark Zanter, of Marshall University, and FloArts.

“Thanks to the aid of technology and FaceTime meetings throughout the semester, students at both schools were able to interact and create original dance and musical compositions that will be performed for the first time in the showcase,” Ward explained.

Open elective classes for beginning and intermediate level dancers are now being offered at the Palatka and Orange Park campuses. Any SJR State student who is interested in exploring dance for the first time or returning to a favorite pastime is welcome to enroll in these courses. Elective classes offered at the Orange Park campus for the Spring 2017 semester are:

Fundamentals of Ballet I (DAA 1200) – Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 – 10:50 a.m.
Fundamentals of Ballet II (DAA 1201) – Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Fundamentals of Contemporary Dance I (DAA 1100) – Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Fundamentals of Jazz I (DAA 1500) – Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 – 1:50 p.m.
Fundamentals of Jazz II (DAA 1501) – Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. 

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 floarts.org.


PHOTO CAPTIONS:

Florida School of the Arts student Austin Carroll leaps over classmates Robert Allen (kneeling) and Mark Wildman as they practice partner moves for the “Dance Showcase,” occurring on the FloArts main stage December 5 at 7:00 p.m. The showcase allows the opportunity for dancers on the FloArts professional track to collaborate with students enrolled in elective dance classes, resulting in real-world experience for all as performers, regardless of their previous experience.

Florida School of the Arts students Ashley Mercado and Robert Allen practice a partner dance for the “Dance Showcase,” occurring on the FloArts main stage December 5 at 7:00 p.m.  Students will perform dances from course material as well as independent student choreography projects.

 

 

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