South Dance Program to Showcase New Talent at Fall Concert

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Courtesy of Diane Bedford

Dancers perform, 'About Flippin' Time,' at the 2013 show.

The San Jacinto College South Campus Dance Department will host a Concert Nov. 21 and 22 in the Marie Spence Flickinger Performing Arts building.

The dance program at South campus was started in 1999 by Dr. Suzanne Oliver. Since then, the Dance Performing Arts Company (PAC) grew to offer a dance concert every fall and spring.

Professor Jamie Williams is the dance program’s administrator, the director for Dance PAC, and an independent artist producing work in the Houston area.

The fall performance is titled Evolve, which for the dance group, represents a foreshadowing of great seasons to come. According to Williams, “exciting and new things are happening in our program.”

“Our program is under new leadership. We have new master instructors, new presenting choreographers, new guest artists; and all of our students, who are participating in this concert, are new students to our program. As a program and as artists, we are changing, growing, and evolving for the better,” Williams said.

The program started preparing for the concert at the start of the semester beginning rehearsals the third week of classes. The show consists of eight dance works choreographed by faculty, students, and a guest artist. It features multiple genres of dance including Modern, Contemporary, Jazz and a special Bollywood dance choreographed by student Maha Nasir.

“Our guest artist this semester is Amy Elizabeth Smith, who is the dance program director at Lone Star College-Kingwood,” Williams said. “We have great performances prepared, and our students and faculty have been working hard all semester to create and perfect our works for the show.”

“The concert will surely be a presentation of both entertainment styles, and artistic forms of dance,” she added.

Williams said the audience is invited to stay after the show for a chance to meet the dancers.

“We especially want to encourage any students who may be interested in the dance program at San Jac to come see the show, and mingle with performers and choreographers at our reception afterward,” Williams said. “In the dance program at San Jac, all are welcome, and there is a level and style for everyone.”

The dance concert will take place in the Proscenium Theater (S15.15). Curtain time is 7:30 for both performances. Admission for Friday’s show is a suggested donation of $5. All proceeds from Friday’s performance will benefit the Dance Guild; the dance club at South campus. Admission for Saturday’s show is $10 and $5 for students with an ID. Tickets are available at the door.