APRIL 2017

Florida School of the Arts presents Community Dance Showcase

dancers in motion

Dance and musical theatre majors, as well as students enrolled in elective dance courses at Florida School of the Arts, will partner for a “Dance Showcase” on Monday, April 24 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.

FloArts dance instructor Mary Love Ward said, “This informal presentation gives all our students the opportunity to culminate their course experiences on the stage. We believe it is essential to student development to have a chance to be a performer, so this opportunity gives them insight into the career of being a professional in the theater. For some students, this will be their first time dancing or having choreography presented on stage, and we are honored to provide that avenue to them.”

Students performing in the showcase are Robert Allen, Steven Austin, Julie Barnes, Cameron Bartelt, Kiersten Bartholomew, Olivia Bleak, Mitchel Burns, Yul Carrion, Caitlin Charrier, Kacey Clark, Emely Cuestas, Markeith Douse, Christina Goodin, Bella Guzman, Gordia Hayes, Alicia Hill, Blair Kennedy, Timothy Lake, Crayton McBride, Ashley Mercado, Pascale Molina, Havilah Moore, Brooke Ponitz, Angelee Ramos, Libby Rodriguez, Yasmin Rohena, Justin Savage, Emerson Smith-von Wiegen, Maycee Smith, Carine St. Juste, Mark Wildman and Kai Wilson.

World Dance (DAA 2393C) is being offered as an elective at FloArts during the Summer 2017 semester on Mondays to Thursdays from 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. 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 this course.

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

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 April 24 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 April 24 at 7:00 p.m.  Students will perform dances from course material as well as independent student choreography projects.


Susan Kessler
Director of Public Relations and Publications
(386) 312-4020