APRIL 2019

FloArts presents “An Evening of Dance: Surfaces”

Florida School of the Arts students Paige Lane, Jahleel Christian, Max Balch and Amaani Grant practice for “An Evening of Dance: Surfaces”
Beverly Washington Demps

The Florida School of the Arts (FloArts) will host “An Evening of Dance,” an annual concert providing the School’s dance majors with the opportunity to experience the dance rehearsal and choreographic process in preparation for a career with a professional dance company.

This year’s contemporary dance concert “Surfaces” is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11 through Saturday, April 13, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 14. The performance will be held on the FloArts main stage located on the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College. Admission is $5. Tickets can be purchased one hour prior to each performance.

“`Surfaces’ explores the dynamic possibilities for dance through a beautiful set design that creates levels, textures and various three-dimensional possibilities,” said contemporary dance instructor Mary Love Ward, who is directing “Surfaces” with dance instructor Jessica Mayhew Borrero.

According to Ward, the dynamic concert investigates physical and emotional terrain. “Each dance selection flows through a unique exploration of a physical surface including lights, ramps, pedestals, sand, air and more,” Ward said. “ ’Surfaces’ reflects the point where the sensual and the emotional merge. Although this concert is more abstract in nature, it touches the heart by reflecting on deeper human emotions through expressive metaphors. In working with tangible structures, the choreographers use the physical senses to tap deeper into the human experience.”

The musical score for the concert includes a variety of works and sounds, but is grounded through a majority of music selections created by minimalist composers.

Choreography will include original and restaged professional dances created by dance faculty members Borrero, Ward and Herman Ramos.

The dancers are Max Balch, Alberto Blanco, Jahleel Christian, Torie D'Alessandro, Kevin Figueroa, Katie Garrepy, Amaani Grant, Fred Harris, Paige Lane, Ashley Leake, Rowan Maris, Loryn Mathews and Katrin Silvis.

The production crew includes Stage Manager Kati Blankenship; Costume Designer Coordinator and Costume Shop Manager Tiffany Jordan; Scenic Designer Mark Exline; Lighting Design Director and Scene Shop Manager Chandler Caroccio; Lighting Designers: Caroccio, Alysa Ness, Andrew Stevens, Kaylee Dowd, Brandy Ramos and Kati Blakenship; Sound Designers Stevens and Savanna Flathmann; Sound Board Operator Flathmann; Light Board Operator Fermin Llosa; Stitchers: Danielle Brownfield, Madeline Gamel, Marissa Mendez and Vincent Ward; Costume Construction Crew: Julie Barnes, Parker Devereaux, Gamel, Emma Gazdecki, Nathaniel Huestis, Emily Poehlman, Kirsten Rude and Collin Wallman; Dressers: Gamel and Poehlman; Carpenters: Kat Babitzke, Malik Johnson, Llosa, Angelee Ramos and Nicholas Ramsey; Electricians: Blanco, Christian, Emely Cuestas, Flathmann, Elijah Grant, Llosa, MJ McBride, Ness, Angelee Ramos, Emily Skinner, Dante Jones Soto, Stevens and Sara Tye.

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 students Paige Lane, Jahleel Christian, Max Balch and Amaani Grant practice for “An Evening of Dance: Surfaces,” a contemporary dance concert coming to the main stage at FloArts from April 11 – 14.



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