Spring Dance Concert to showcase variety

Dance ShoesProfessional dancers have numerous and diverse styles of dance at their disposal, but often do not get to showcase more than one at a time.

The NIU School of Theatre and Dance will present such a variety of dance in the final mainstage show of the season, Spring Dance Concert 2011, from Thursday, April 28, through Sunday, May 1, in the Stevens Building O’Connell Theatre.

The concert will consist of eight separate pieces including ballet, jazz, modern dance and even an homage to the 1920s dance, the Charleston.

Each of the eight performance pieces has an individual set of dancers and choreographer. Among the choreographers are three guest directors: Carl Corry, Robert McKee and NIU alumnus Wade Schaaf.

The addition of guest choreographers benefits the dancers as well as the audience, says junior dancer Nicole Argudo, who is appearing in two of the guest choreographer pieces.

“It is good to get to know other people’s styles of dance rather than training with the same people all the time,” Argudo says. “It is good to audition for someone we haven’t worked with before.”

The first piece will be August Bournonville’s “La Ventana,” a fusion of traditional French ballet and Spanish dance styles. The rest of the concert will be original dance pieces titled “Charleston,” “Moonlight Sonata,” “ … and we appear in the snow,” “Mon Amour Perdu,” “Eater of Hearts,” “Rendezvous Point” and “Breakout!”

The music of the concert will vary between performances and will include compositions by Beethoven, Vivaldi, and Debussy. There also will be live violin accompaniment on a couple of the pieces.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. weeknights and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from the Stevens Building box office in the lobby of the Stevens Building. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $8 for students. The box office is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 2 p.m. Friday and one hour before show times.

Tickets also can be purchased online. The box office can be reached at (815) 753-1600.

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