By Erin Boytis
A udience members took a trip into the minds of student choreographers as Rider Dances: DANCESPACES leaped into the Bart Luedeke Center Theater on March 5 and 6.
The show featured seven pieces, all of which used one prop, a cube made out of other shapes.
During breaks between each number, the dancers moved silently across the stage to fashion the blocks into new formations for the next dance. They turned, leaped, and stretched their way to where they had to put the blocks next.
The dancers showed the audience the choreographers’ points through the styles of ballet, lyrical, contemporary, modern and even some jazzy, hip-hop moves.
“It was interesting, because some of the music was not typical recital music,” said Christine Boytis of Hamilton, an audience member. “It was more instrumental and modern music. I have been to my fair share of dance recitals, having three daughters who dance, so it was good to see a different style of dance.”
The dances moved fluidly from one to the other with lighting that helped set the tone of each dance. One dance entitled “Illuminate,” choreographed by Laney Engelhard, used lighting to showcase four dancers, one at a time.
Another dance featured four dancers, but only three would appear onstage at a time. One would run off just as the fourth would run onstage. The piece was entitled “Three” and explained the importance of the number.
“I thought all of the dances were really captivating,” said senior elementary education major Courtney Peck. “Three was especially interesting because there was always so much going on and something to look at even though there were only three dancers at a time.”
Tackling issues such as extinction, these dances used the human body and music to portray animals and to express what each dance meant.
“It was extremely impressive and captivating,” said junior psychology major Rachel Morin. “You could tell everyone worked really hard to make it as beautiful as it was.”
The dance entitled “Mannequins” closed the show and featured nine dancers, who portrayed mannequins in a modern jazz number which blended into a jazz funk, hip-hop routine.
Having a minimalistic set helped to show different vibes while not taking away from the dancing.
“The dancing was phenomenal, the set was great and the show ran smoothly,” said Morin. “It was very professional. I really enjoyed myself.”
Rider Dances: DANCESPACES was a a professional and beautiful show that displayed all the talent of the students involved.
Printed in the 3/9/16 edition.