Dance Program Presents Student Showcase


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Instead of a final exam, students enrolled in ballet, modern, performance, and Jazz classes close out the semester by showing off their dance skills in a performance titled ‘The Final Push.’

April is the time of year when the terrifying thought of final exams starts to creep into students’ minds, but while some scholars study for tests or prepare term papers, the dance students of San Jacinto College South Campus prepare for a final presentation where they demonstrate their talents in a show titled The Final Push.

Dance Professor and Program Coordinator Jamie Williams described the showcase as “an informal concert” taking place in the dance studio.

“We transform the studio space into a performance space with curtains and stage lighting,” she added.

Four dance styles are featured in the show presented by students enrolled in ballet, modern, performance, and Jazz classes. Williams said her motivation for incorporating the show into the curriculum was to help her students grow from the experience of being in front of an onsite audience.

“I think that live performance is a key part of the performing arts,” she said.

Although no longer a formal student, Williams said her interest in dance continues to grow not only by the different styles and techniques available to study but by the complexity of the art.

“Dance is humbling because no matter how good we are, none of us can be experts in every aspect of the art form,” she said. “If you are a dancer, you are forever a student, and that’s exciting to me.”

Dance student Tyler Rooney, who studied with Williams for three years, said each of her classes turns into “a small family.”

“Jamie Williams,” he said, “is like the Mr. Miyagi from ‘The Karate Kid’ but for dance.”

Rooney said Williams’ teaching inspired him and under her guidance, he grew from a freshman with no dance experience to a student skilled in ballet, modern, and Jazz. And although he looks at his last performance at San Jac with mixed emotions, he turns toward the future with optimism and determination.

“I hope to go out with a bang,” he said, “and show my professors that they turned this theater kid into a dancer that one day, hopefully, people will get to see on the big stage.”

The performance of The Final Push takes place April 30 at 7 p.m. in Room 168 of the Flickinger Fine Arts Center (S15) on the South Campus. The showcase is open to the public and free of charge.