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Dance students start from scratch

Raja Bright and Carrie Jones. (Photo by Travis Jenkins/2010, The Inquirer)

Students in Kimberly Valmore’s dance production class are hard at work, creating the annual spring dance show, “Bathed in Light,” for April 23, 24, and 25.

Although Valmore is the instructor and director, the creative process falls on the students, who choreograph the dances, create the advertisements and perform in the show.

The dancers are split up into groups guided by choreographers Bria Cameron, AJ Rogers and Joshua Schodorf.

“Kimberly gave us a word to be the theme, and we had to develop a show based on that,” Schodorf said. “The word was ‘light.'”

It was up to the choreographers to put together every aspect of the show.

“We got to choose how many dancers we wanted, the themes for each piece and even do work for the other choreographers,” Cameron said.

The performance will feature hip hop, jazz, R&B, and modern, with the dancers performing to contemporary hits from the likes of Coldplay and Lady Gaga, as well as instrumental tracks and student remixes.

“There’s a sense of dedication coming from all levels,” Schodorf said. “We have beginning to advanced dancers, and they all work hard.”

Rogers added, “It’s nice being given the opportunity to teach and work with others as opposed to just being a student.”

The dancers themselves have also gained important skills.

“The choreographers introduced me to a lot of different styles,” said beginning dancer Urissa Thomas. “I’ve been doing things I never knew I could do.”

Valmore said she is grateful for her student choreographers and noted that putting on such a show is “a difficult task, but they’ve managed it quite well.”

She said she hopes to see her students gain an “understanding of how to perform and produce a show from scratch to the stage.”

The show takes place at 8 p.m. April 23-24 and 2 p.m. April 25 in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students.



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