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This weekend our current Sophomore and Junior dance majors presented their work to our current Senior dance majors to be chosen as a choreographer for the 2019 Emerging Choreographers Concert Electrify! in the 2019 fall semester. After careful consideration and some thorough discussion, the 2019 Emerging Choreographers Concert Electrify! choreographers are:
This Saturday, April 13 at 8:00 p.m., Dance EXposure, presented by ArtsQuest and the Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange, will be featuring various world of choreographers in the Lehigh Valley area. One of these choreographers is our very own senior dancer William Brazdzionis who will have his featured work Malady performed by some of our talented dancers here at DeSales. There are many opportunities to get your choreography out into the professional dance scene here in the Lehigh Valley and we encourage our students to gain these professional experiences. Congratulations William for presenting your work in your first professional performance!
This past weekend, some of our students had the opportunity to attend the American College Dance Association New England Conference. Pieces choreographed by senior dancers William Brazdzionis and Caeleigh Griffiths were adjudicated by a panel of dance professionals, and a piece choreographed by junior dancer Maria Murray was also performed at this conference. Our department had such a great experience working with other colleges from the New England area and we are ever so proud of our dancers and choreographers for representing Desales University with such pride! Until next years ACDA Conference!
Tonight is the audition for the 2019 Spring Informal Concert!! Don’t forget to save the date for the show, May 6, and be sure to get there early as we are doing general FREE admission! Our dancers cannot wait for the show, and we hope to see you all there!
Today the list of choreographers for our Spring 2019 Informal Concert has been posted! Congratulations to all of the choreographers chosen! The official date of the concert is May 6, so make sure to save the date to see some of our amazing students’ works set on the stage performed by other students within our dance major. The informal concert is one of the major opportunities for students to choreograph as an undergrad here at DeSales. We give these opportunities to those who express an interest in choreography and have a true passion for the art of dance no matter what year or major they are! Come out to see our Spring 2019 Informal Concert on May 6!!
I asked Junior Dance major Hayley Martin why she choose Desales University in her college search process.
“First I chose DeSales because of its prime location in the Lehigh Valley. There are numerous opportunities to get involved in the arts and it is not too far from Philadelphia and New York City. DeSales also has a different masterclass every Friday with the entire dance major. No other school I looked into would bring in as many guest teachers as DeSales, and it helps to make connections with professionals within the dance community. The masterclass also brings a sense of community to the department because every dance major takes the class all together. The family atmosphere between everyone in the dance major was by far the most important reason I chose to come here. You meet everyone at that first masterclass and just seeing how uplifting everyone is here was such a positive experience for me. Here at DeSales everyone has the same goal and we push each other to these goals with such an encouraging community. Everyones creative ideas are welcomed and I don’t think I could have chosen a better school than DeSales.”
We hope you all were able to come out and see the Desales University Dance Ensemble this past weekend! We have another opportunity for you to see our wonderful dance majors performing at the end of our 2019 spring semester in our Informal Concert! We have an informal concert at the end of each semester that any student can propose a piece to be given the opportunity to choreograph. We love to give each and every one of our students the opportunity to express their creative ideas on the stage no matter what year they are! The Informal Concerts are all inclusive concerts representing any style of dance a student may wish to present. Keep checking in for the official date of the 2019 Spring Informal Concert!
Today is the start of tech week for our dance majors! Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Desales University Dance Ensemble this weekend March 15-17!! DUDE is a faculty and guest artist choreographed performance that showcases the many talents and abilities represented in our dance department here at Desales. Get your tickets soon before the performance sells out!!
I have asked senior Chiedu Mbonu, who will be graduating with a degree in dance this upcoming May, about his experiences here within the dance major and what he could tell to any prospective dance students.
“Coming here with little experience and little training was very intimidating coming into college dance. The professors here at Desales really made this transition easy for me and really encouraged me to do my best. There are a lot of performance opportunities within the department, and there are many ways to create your own opportunities here as well. You can create your own performances and events or even create short dance films in collaboration with our TV Film majors. The community here is very loving and supportive and the faculty truly only wants the best for you. I really feel like everyone here is a part of my family now.”
This upcoming weekend is our Desales University Dance Ensemble where we are showcasing the many talents within our dance department. From our dancers, dance faculty, and even instrumental accompanists, our dance department has been working hard for months and we cannot wait to share our hard work with everyone. This week leading up to the show will also be filled with a lot of rehearsals on our main stage so all of our performers will be in tip top shape for the first performance this upcoming Friday. Don’t forget to grab your tickets for one of our four shows this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 16, 17, and 18. You will not be disappointed seeing our dancers perform special guests’ choreography, historical reconstructions, and especially our very own dance department faculty’s original work. You can click the link below to order your tickets before time runs out, and we cannot wait to see you at the Desales University Dance Ensemble.