The Orchesis Dance Company will present its annual recital — with four performances — beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 9, in Allegheny College’s Shafer Auditorium.
The first performance, on Nov. 9 at 8 p.m., is the designated Community Premiere Show for members of the Meadville community and Allegheny faculty and staff. Additional performances will be held at 8 p.m. on Nov. 11 and 12 and at noon on Nov. 13. All shows are all free and open to the public.
The student-led recital features various dance forms such as jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, ballroom and contemporary, and is historically one of the most attended events on campus. Students design every aspect of the show, including choreography, lighting and costumes. The performers rehearse one hour per week for nine weeks in preparation, in addition to dress and technical rehearsals leading up to the show.
“Each piece this year brings elements of entertainment and creativity to the show,” Orchesis President Meaghan Gilbert said. “I hope that the Allegheny and Meadville community will come to see how all our hard work has come together.”
Orchesis gives students the chance to become involved with Allegheny’s dance program and to connect with other performers and audience members. Each student who auditions for the company is guaranteed at least one dance in the recital.