FloArts Dance Ensemble presents “An Evening of Dance”
The Florida School of the Arts Dance Ensemble will present “An Evening of Dance” from April 21 – 24 on the School’s main stage located on the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5.
The ensemble will include a diverse selection of dances, including contemporary, classical ballet and contemporary ballet works choreographed by nationally recognized faculty and guest artists. According to FloArts dance instructor Mary Love Ward, “The Dance Ensemble rehearses regularly throughout the school year and provides students with the opportunity to experience the rehearsal and choreographic process as preparation for life in a professional dance company. Dance Ensemble performers work directly with the choreographers in the artistic process, which gives them insight into some of the nuances of the creation and development of a dance from beginning to end,” Ward said. “Many of the dances for this concert are created as special commissions, solely choreographed for the student company.”
In addition to the variety of dance, Ward explained that the performance will also feature student and faculty designed costuming, lights and scenic elements that will help bring the audience into a totally immersive experience in the theater. “The collaborative process in the creation of these components makes this production a unique and exciting opportunity for artistic growth across several of our degree programs here at FloArts,” Ward said. “We are fortunate to have so many talented areas to draw inspiration and support from in producing this concert.”
New works premiering include “Border[song],” by guest choreographer Sara Procopio, a former principal dancer with Shen Wei Dance Arts; “Province,” a contemporary men’s, dance choreographed by Ward, that investigates the concept of nationalism; “Past Forward,” a contemporary work inspired by the life of Joan of Arc and choreographed by FloArts dance instructor Jessica Mayhew; and “I’m Still Her[e],” a contemporary duet choreographed by Mayhew, which explores the experience of Alzheimer’s disease.
The concert also includes reconstructions of professional concert dances and historic works including: “The Fairy Variations,” from “Sleeping Beauty Ballet” and restaged by Mayhew; “Breathing,” a contemporary ballet piece choreographed by Ward, which was originally performed as repertory with the professional ensemble Mary Love Dance Projects; and “There are So Many Things to See and Feel When You are Awake,” by contemporary guest artist Loren Davidson, which previously premiered professionally at The American Dance Festival.
Student performers include: Willie Beaton II, Kendahl Bermudez, Austin Carol, Savannah Dutcher, Elizabeth Exantus, Amari Hollins, Taylor Mancil, Ashley Mercado, Savannah Mitchell, Havilah Moore, Kayla Neeper, Daniel Ortega, Dion Pratt Jr., Jeanna Reiter and Remy Vignati.
Countless hours are dedicated to the backstage magic and mayhem that result in a flawless performance. This collaboration of faculty members and talented students includes professor Robert O’Leary, scenic design and lighting adviser; professor Emily Strickland, costume supervisor; Doug Brown, scene shop manager, Tracy Floyd, costume shop manager; Kylee Risdon, stage manager, Anthony Antunez, assistant stage manager; Savannah Healy, sound engineer; Ashlee Philpott, master electrician; Luis Colon, paint charge and light board operator; and W. Chris Gaston, sound board operator.
The costume construction crew includes Rachel Allen, Briar Boggs, Bella Carlsen, Alyssa Marie Clarke, Mitchell Collins, Brendan Fogarty, J.H. Gallardo, Brittni Garcia, Ilana Gould, Megan Lee, Brandon Mayes, Alex Negron, Katy Page, Emily Vaughn, Angel Warren and Alexa Williams.
Carpenters, painters and electricians include Anthony Antunez, Michael Baker, Willie Beaton, Luis Colon, Jason Correia, Jibri DuRant, Tatiyana Firth, W. Chris Gaston, Brett Glisson, Anna Guzman, Searcy Holley, Emma Kriausky, William Larson, Megan Leclair, Ashlee Philpott, and Billy Williams.
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.
Florida School of the Arts students Elizabeth Exantus, Havilah Moore and Taylor Mancil rehearse “Past-Forward,” one of the dances to be featured during the school’s annual performance, “An Evening of Dance.” Each year, the dance, costume and stage design programs join together to create a colorful and exciting evening of imagery and movement. The show runs April 21-24.
Florida School of the Arts student Kayla Neeper rehearses “Sleeping Beauty Ballet Fairy Variations,” one of the dances to be featured during the school’s annual performance, “An Evening of Dance.” The show runs April 21-24.
Florida School of the Arts students Amari Hollins and Daniel Ortega rehearse “Breathing,” one of the dances to be featured during the school’s annual performance, “An Evening of Dance.” Each year, the dance, costume and stage design programs join together to create a colorful and exciting evening of imagery and movement. The show runs April 21-24.