Choreographers Reflect on Life’s Experiences with Spring Dance Concert
Choreographers and dancers at California State University, Dominguez Hills will expose audience members to how it feel to dance (not walk) a mile in their shoes at the annual Spring Dance Concert.… in my shoes: CSUDH Spring Dance Concert will take place on Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9, beginning at 8 p.m. in the University Theatre on campus.
Seven students have choreographed or co-choreographed performance pieces for the concert. They include seniors Delilah Allen, Margaret Hawkins, Kamiko Johnson, Rebecca Ledesma, Jeannette Nailor, Michael Nickerson-Rossi, and Jasmine Wyatt. Choreographed numbers by concert artistic director and dance program coordinator Doris Ressl, and dance program faculty Michelle Funderburk, Elissa Kyriacou and Dana Maue will be performed as well. Funderburk, Maue and Ressl will make a “cameo appearance” in a dance by student Nickerson-Rossi, a professional dancer who in 2008 founded the Long Beach-based Nickerson-Rossi Dance. He is currently completing his bachelor’s degree in dance and plans to continue toward a Master of Fine Arts.
Leanne Vecchione and Julie Aldrich are the evening’s guest performers. Vecchione is a professional dancer, having performed for the Minnesota Ballet, the American National Ballet, and Ressl Dance!. Aldrich received her Bachelor of the Arts in dance with a specialization in performance from the University of California, Irvine. She currently dances with Nickerson-Rossi Dance.
Beginning fall semester 2009, the dance program merged with the theater program becoming the new Department of Theatre and Dance. Prior to the merger, students at CSUDH could only minor in dance. Now they can earn a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts with a dance emphasis. The program requires dance students to take courses in theater as well, to provide a well-rounded arts experience. Theater majors also must take dance classes. Margaret Hawkins of Carson and Kamiko Johnson of Bellflower will be the first two graduates in the dance option.
Tickets to … in my shoes are $12 for general admission and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the University Theatre Box Office or by calling (310) 243-3589.
For more information on the Department of Theatre and Dance at CSU Dominguez Hills, click here.
- Amy Bentley-Smith
Photo above: Featured performers in the CSUDH Spring Dance Concert are Maggie Hawkins (at far left) who will be one of the first graduates this year of a new major in theatre arts with a dance emphasis and Michael Nickerson-Rossi (second from left), founder of Nickerson-Rossi Dance in Long Beach, who is completing his bachelor of arts degree. Pictured, L-R: Hawkins, Nickerson-Rossi, Ashlie Borowski, Nathan Ortiz and Lynnea Brown
Photo by Joanie Harmon