Dance Program Celebrates 20-Year Anniversary

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Dance Program Celebrates 20-Year Anniversary

Dancers (from left) Brielle Hudson, Tyler Rooney, Juanita Alanis, Bethany Mills, Anitra Danielle, Isabella Marcuccio, Tiara Blake, and Breyonna Milton perform ‘Zoom Pop Pop’ choreographed by Jamie Williams during a past concert.

Dancers (from left) Brielle Hudson, Tyler Rooney, Juanita Alanis, Bethany Mills, Anitra Danielle, Isabella Marcuccio, Tiara Blake, and Breyonna Milton perform ‘Zoom Pop Pop’ choreographed by Jamie Williams during a past concert.

Courtesy of Jennifer Salter

Dancers (from left) Brielle Hudson, Tyler Rooney, Juanita Alanis, Bethany Mills, Anitra Danielle, Isabella Marcuccio, Tiara Blake, and Breyonna Milton perform ‘Zoom Pop Pop’ choreographed by Jamie Williams during a past concert.

Courtesy of Jennifer Salter

Courtesy of Jennifer Salter

Dancers (from left) Brielle Hudson, Tyler Rooney, Juanita Alanis, Bethany Mills, Anitra Danielle, Isabella Marcuccio, Tiara Blake, and Breyonna Milton perform ‘Zoom Pop Pop’ choreographed by Jamie Williams during a past concert.

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The San Jacinto College dance program, located on the South Campus, is celebrating its twentieth anniversary on Nov. 22-23 with a packed lineup of events including two dance concerts, eight free master classes, and a closing night reception in the campus art gallery.

The two-day celebration is a chance for current students to present what they learned and for alumni to return and reconnect with their alma mater.

Program Coordinator Jamie Williams said the dance division evolved over the years growing in both size and substance.

“During my time at San Jac,” she said, “we have made several changes to the program that have only improved the quality and standards of our program, and have increased enrollment.”

In addition to two evening dance shows, the anniversary commemoration features program alumni, along with former and current dance faculty, teaching free master classes that are open to the public and to dancers of all skill levels.

Rebekah Chappell, former San Jac dance instructor and current faculty at Hollins University, said she is excited to join the roster of returning teachers because it gives her the opportunity to revisit her past while building new relationships with the future of the program.

“I was thrilled to be invited to return to San Jac to teach a master class,” she said. “This event will allow me to reconnect with alumni as well as meet the next generation of students.” 

The weekend celebration will culminate with a reception in the art gallery where attendees can enjoy a variety of hors d’oeuvres, while former and current students and faculty socialize.

Meanwhile, Williams said the celebration is an opportunity to share the students’ hard work, both past and present, with the College community.

“We hope that it will be nostalgic in a way,” she added, “and that it will showcase our program and how it has grown and changed over 20 years.”

Twenty Years of Dance events will take place Nov. 22-23 in the Flickinger Fine Arts Center (S15) on the South Campus. Further information for individual events is available at www.sanjac.edu/our-programs/academic-programs/arts-humanities-communications-design/dance/dance-san-jac/upcoming.

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