& 5,6,7,8…It’s time for the annual Spring Dance Concert

Get your feet tapping and your hands clapping because it’s that time of year. Wilkes University presents the annual Spring Dance Concert at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center.

The Spring Dance Concert is an event comprised of both faculty and student-choreographed dances. Faculty pieces have been created, by the professors, over the last semester. Including deciding on a song, choreographing the number, picking costumes and adding together all the last and final touches to the piece.

Students in the dance composition class follow a similar process to the faculty when it comes to creating their works of art. Each student involved in the class must design and choreograph a number to be displayed at the concert. This is a requirement for any and all students working to complete a dance minor.

Students have the opportunity to showcase all of the techniques and choreography they have learned throughout the semester and perform for an audience.

“It has a little bit of all styles of dance that Wilkes offers and it gives the students a fun opportunity to show fellow students what they have learned,” said Justine Seymour, pharmacy major and dance minor.

The performances at the concert will range from ballet, tap, jazz and modern.This adds an uniqueness to the show, because no dance will ever be the same.

“The the best thing to look forward to is the diversity of the dances. There will be many different styles all in one event,” said Sean Ramsey, an entrepreneurship major here at Wilkes.

Each performer at the concert varies in their level of experience. Some students have been dancing for over 10 to 15 years, while others are taking their very first dance class here at Wilkes. Not only does this add to the complexity of the dance routines but it also provides learning experiences for the students who are just starting out as well as the seasoned students.

“I have been dancing since I was four years old and I’ve had a love for dance since the day I started.  I love dancing with others who have never danced before and watching them gain a love for dance they’ve never had before,” said Rachel Lazevnick, pharmacy major.

Many of the students involved in the dance program see the arts as a way to de-stress and let their mind flow to something other than school and assignments.

“I am a dance minor and this is what I enjoy doing in my free time. I audit classes as a way to relax and get away from studying. I have always enjoyed dancing in my free time,” said Seymour.

The Spring Dance Concert will be held April 21 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center. No need to buy tickets, because the event is completely free.

“Everyone has worked so hard on every dance that is in the concert. There are many different styles for you to see which makes the show even more exciting. You never know what is coming next,” Lazevnick said. “Not only is it fun performing but it is so much fun watching everyone on the stage. There is great music and great dances that everyone is sure to love.”

Students have been working all semester to display the talents they have learned and share their experiences with the audience .
Students and faculty work to put the last finishing touches on their routines as everything comes together for their Spring Dance Concert.