August 11, 2011
Welcome to the annual student choreographed and produced Dance Extravaganza!
Fourteen years ago the first Extravaganza involved a total of twelve students. It continued as an experimental non-credited performance in the Black Box theater for several years. Eventually, it moved into the Mainstage theater and at its peak it featured seven choreographers and eighty performers, selling out five shows in a matter of hours.
It is now structured as a regular course offering (TH 252 Rehearsal and Performance, Dance) that sequences students through TH 308 (Dance Composition and Improvisation) in preparation to choreograph. Though the Extravaganza is now formally presented on the Mainstage, we still encourage choreographers to experiment with new ideas and to investigate and invent new movement vocabulary. Student choreographers are encouraged to combine skills they develop in class with their own aesthetic sensibility. We invite those students with a high level of training and technical ability and those students with no training or performance experience to audition. I applaud the fine work of our choreographers and performers.
Susan E. Davis
Dance Program Head
Sneak a peek here for exciting samples of this year’s Extravaganza!