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Western to showcase dance talent in spring concert

By Stephanie Lane | Sports Editor Intern
On April 25, 2012

Not everyone needs to understand what a chasse, barre or plié is in order to appreciate dance or enjoy its beauty. Like other forms of art, the artist or dancer uses their medium to express themselves to the audience.

On May 10, 11 and 12, Western Oregon University Dance department will be holding their Annual Spring Dance Concert in Rice Auditorium, starting at 7:30 p.m.

This year's concert is made up of several pieces choreographed and performed by Western students and professors. Sara McIntyre is a senior, double majoring in dance and psychology. McIntyre will be one student who is both choreographing and dancing during the concert.

"My dance is a modern piece called, 'Awkward Accounts of My Everyday Life.' It is about all the socially awkward things people do in everyday life, and I took inspiration from my classes. It is a very fun and comedic piece," stated McIntyre. "The piece I am dancing in is also a modern piece called, Two Sides Squared choreographed by Amy McDonnell, a Western dance professor. The piece is about the different sides of a person's personality."

Senior Christa Dworschak will be another student in the showcase. Dworschak will be dancing in McIntyre's modern piece "Awkward Accounts of My Everyday Life." She describes the piece as "quirky and fun." Dworschak continues, "The piece is about those embarrassing social moments we have all experienced. You see someone waving so you wave back, only to realize they were looking at someone behind you. Or having a room full of empty chairs and someone comes and sits right next to you." Dworschak is a dance major with a focus in modern dance and a history minor.

Her choreographed piece,  "Into the Shadows," is described by her as "a modern piece, but the opposite end of the spectrum when it comes to 'Awkward Accounts.' My dance is about being a child and afraid of what's in your closet and under your bed, and having those fears become a reality. It includes lighting effects and props, along with killer music."

The Spring Dance Concert means a last chance performance for seniors graduating this year. "I am looking forward to the concert because it is always very exciting to see peoples' art and to see our dancers in their element. I love seeing our dancers shine and the passion they bring to every performance," stated McIntyre. "I am so thankful to have gotten to dance with this group for the last four years. Our dancers and choreographers here are incredible individuals with amazing talent."

"I look forward to the same thing every year, getting up on that stage and performing for friends, family and peers. There is nothing like those bright stage lights and the applause of a crowd. The choreographers and dancers work hard to make these dance concerts, and it is such a blessing to have the opportunity to show the world what we have been working on for months," states Dworschak. Without an audience, the hard work that the dance program puts into this show every year will not be truly appreciated. Tickets are available at Rice Auditorium and cost $7 for students, $12 for general admission and $10 for seniors.


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