Dance concert ‘Kaleidoscope’ to showcase a variety of styles
04.14.2016 | By Rob Vanya
Production features students, faculty, guest artists
San Jacinto College’s spring dance concert “Kaleidoscope” will feature 13 performances created and performed by faculty, guest artists, and student dancers and choreographers. A variety of styles will be showcased, including modern dance, jazz, break dancing, and dance theatre.
The multimedia show will be performed at the San Jacinto College South Campus on Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. on both nights at the Marie Flickinger Fine Arts Center, 13735 Beamer Road in Houston. General admission is $10 per person, and $5 for San Jacinto College students and employees.
Some of the featured performances include:
• “Fuel, Set, Halt,” choreographed by dance instructor Laura Harrell, is a high-energy modern dance work that explores the idea of interruptions in day-to-day life. It explores aggression and competitive energy, and a referee’s whistle halts production to illustrate the concept. The work represented San Jacinto College at the American College Dance Festival in March and was selected for presentation in the Gala Concert event.
• “Bookends,” a trio choreographed by student Courtney Locke, also represented San Jacinto College at the American College Dance Festival this year. Dancers Alejandromagno Barrasa, Taylor Brooks, and Courtney Locke perform a delicate and intimate portrayal of a love triangle. It is inspired by looking back on one’s past and confronting one’s old self in order to move forward.
• “Different Strokes,” choreographed by dance program coordinator and concert director Jamie Williams, is a new work that explores the fusion of contemporary dance and Hip-Hop. The duet, performed by Tyler Archie and Jason Dang, is a highly athletic and stimulating work. “Tyler is such a beautiful contemporary dancer, and Dang is a very talented break-dancer,” commented Williams. “I wanted to create a work that would compliment them both. This creative process has been highly collaborative, and involves fusing the two styles. We hope to present a work that is not only entertaining, but one that also holds artistic merit.”
In addition to Barrasa, Brooks, Dang, and Archie, other San Jacinto College student dancers in the concert include Juanita Alanis, Jessica Apande, Tiara Blake, Nerissa Contreras, Anitra Danielle, Alexis Garcia, Bethany Garcia, Breyonna Milton, Miguel Tabasco, Erik Olmos-Tristan, and Dalia Trejo. Faculty choreographers include Wendy Ellis, Stephanie Henderson, Jennifer Salter, Williams, and Harrell. Guest choreographers include Jennifer Mabus, and Lydia Hance. Student choreographers include Alanis, Blake, and Locke.
To learn more about the San Jacinto College dance program, please visit sanjac.edu/career/dance.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.