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The University of Kansas Department of Dance held its student choreography showcase of Spring 2013 on Friday May 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Robinson Center.  Students have worked on the pieces all semester, either choreographing, dancing or stage managing.

The variety of pieces included pointe, ballet, lyrical and modern dances. Some pieces were student choreographed, such as “Power” by Natali Diaz-Yepes, a modern dance full of strong movements. Others were classical choreography, like George Balanchine’s “Diamonds” and other pieces were choreographed by dance professors at KU, like “Miniatures” by Muriel Cohan and Patrick Suzeau. Each of the dances were performed by students.

Sarah O’Keefe, a dancer in two of the performances, “Diamonds” and “Power,” said that students submit their choreography to the professors if they want it in the showcase. While it is not a requirement for the class, it is encouraged to either choreograph or dance in the showcase.  “My favorite part is working with everyone in a collaborative manner,” said O’Keefe.

Cara Winkley, an audience member, went to the showcase because she danced when she was younger and still enjoys watching performances.

“The ballet and lyrical pieces took me back to grade school when I did ballet and made me want to go back and do it all over again,” said Winkley.

The KU dance department holds a showcase at the end of each semester, as well as a showcase during the semester where students can present partial work and receive feedback from the audience. You can check out their calendar at their website: http://dance.ku.edu/calendar/.

If you missed the show, check out my twitter feed @gettothe_pointe for updates about the showcase.

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Dancers Kenna Sullivan and Amanda Rixley dance to “Miniatures,” a lyrical dance piece choreographed by Muriel Cohan and Patrick Suzeau Friday May 3 at Robinson Center. The KU Dance Department presents a student showcase at the end of the every semester featuring students’ choreographing and dance skills.

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