Chestertown, MD — The Washington College Dance Company, under the direction of Prof. Karen L. Smith, will present its annual Spring Dance Concert at the College's Cain Athletic Center, Thursday through Saturday, April 16-18. The concert, which will kick off the beginning of National Dance Week, commences with a special matinee for local schoolchildren on Thursday, April 16, at 1:15 p.m. Subsequent performances are Friday, April 17, at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 18, at 1 p.m.
This year's program will feature a variety of dance styles—classical and contemporary ballet, modern dance, jazz, hip-hop, tap, and lyrical—performed by more than 30 students.
Ensemble dances include "Smooth," "Boom" and "Love," choreographed by Lauren Thomas '09; "Panic," "Drop" and "Jerk," choreographed by Kathy Bands '10; "Hot Tin Roof," choreographed by Mary Fletcher '10; "Fireman" and "Thunder," choreographed by Elle O'Brien '12 and Ally Happel '11; "Dancing," choreographed by Veronica Spolarich '11; "My Same," choreographed by Rachel Dittman '11, "Just Dance," choreographed by Ally Happel; "Crazy," choreographed by Ally Happel and Allison Farrow '11, and "Out of Silence—After Sunrise," choreographed by dance Professor Karen L. Smith. A trio of choreographers — Elle O'Brien '12, Emily Hordesky '12 and Kelsey Hallowell '12 — will perform a hip-hop number.
The show also will feature two dances from the repertoire of Sho' Troupe, the Washington College Dance Team, titled "Boom" and "Roll," choreographed by Lauren Thomas '09.
Five solos will be performed by choreographers Lauren Thomas, Kathy Bands, Jess Hohne, Ally Happel and Riley Carbonneau.
In addition to the choreographers, performers in the concert include; juniors Megan Johnston and Kelly Topita; sophomores Jenny Hobbs, Nichole Horn, Holly Jones, Emily Simpson; and first-year students Ryan Adams-Brown, Megan Gentry, Sarah Hartge, Gretchen Harz, Virginia Long, Hyemi Seok, Chris Smith, Grace Swanson and Alyssa Velazquez.
The Spring Dance Concert will feature a raffle for a chance to win a "Night at the Movies" or an Eastern Shore-themed basket filled with goodies. Tickets for the raffle cost $1 and can be purchased during all three performances. The winners will be drawn at the end of the Saturday performance.
The Spring Dance Concert is open to the public; a $1 donation is welcomed. For more information, call 410/778-7237.