Allegheny College Presents Annual Spring Dance Concert
The Allegheny College Dance & Movement Studies Program will present its annual Spring Dance Concert in the Montgomery Performance Space at 7:30 p.m. April 6-8, Thursday to Saturday. The concert is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended.
This year’s concert showcases students in several styles of dance, including ballet, ballroom, and modern. Many of the dances will feature live music provided by local musicians, including John Hyatt and members of the college faculty band Credit/No Credit.
The program will open with dancers demonstrating the movement development of humans from crawling to standing and eventually imagining the motion of the stars. Gretchen Myers’ Upper Level Ballet students will dance “Excerpts from ‘Don Quixote’ Dream Sequence.” Eleanor Weisman, director of the Dance and Movement Studies Program, has re-created a water dance, last performed in 2012 for her students in the Landscapes of the Body course. Students in Betsy Sumerfield’s Ballroom III course will close the concert with a new piece that showcases their skills in other dance forms as well as ballroom.
Senior Rayna Pelisari will perform a solo inspired by Florence Reese’s 1931 song “Which Side Are You On?” Weisman also is working with students on “Mindless Modern World,” a piece that spoofs contemporary work culture using the idiom of ballet. Her final offering is a collaboration devised with students, “Ignite the Revolution,” based on social-justice causes that motivate community action. Finally, James Reedy will present a new dance, “Endangered Species” inspired by his reaction to current world events.
Reservations can be made through the Dance and Movement Studies office by calling (814) 332-2813.