Students become choreographers in Valentine DancesPublished 12:15am Saturday, February 15, 2014
The Andalusia Ballet will present Valentine Dances this at 2:30 p.m. this Sun., Feb. 16, in the Dixon Center of LBW Community College.
Company dancers have an opportunity to express their personal artistic vision as they perform individually-choreographed pieces in a tradition that began several years ago as a fundraiser for the ballet’s building fund. They also created their own costuming.
Sydney Ward chose the Israeli National Anthem for her piece.
“I’m supposed to be a survivor of a Holocaust camp,” she explained of the modern dance she choreographed.
Ella Kate Nichols said she created a dance en pointed to “Angel by Your Side.”
“I had a friend who danced to this song while she was taking chemotherapy,” she said. “That’s why I chose it.”
Hanna Sellers will dance en pointe to “1,000 Years.”
“I like the music, and the lyrics that say I will love you for a thousand years.”
Emily Ward chose “Disappear,” and said her lyrical ballet is about growth and life experiences.
Kassidy Mears compose a modern dance to at throwback piece, “True Colors,” by Cyndi Lauper.
Michaelyn Russell is dancing en pointe to “Reflection,” she said, “Because it was my favorite song when I was a little kid.”
Mary Taylor Seymore composed a modern piece to “Wake Me Up” by Avia.
And Kole Varner is doing a ballet to “Counting Stars.”
Emily Anne Morgan chose “Lonely Goatherd” from the movie “Sound of Music,” because she liked the original recording by Julie Andrews.
Other dancers performing include:
Sarah Beth Wriston
Catherine Weed with Jonathan Weed
Emmy Ellyn Rabren
Merrill Ann Culverhouse
Elizabeth McCalman Valarie Erica Bernstein
Savannah Claire Morgan
Olivia Jones with Will Jones
Emily Kelley and Natilee Mathews