By Cesar Hernandez / Staff Writer

The LBCC Department of Dance Performance and Arts hosted its auditions Tuesday, Sept. 3, and drew 57 student to show what they have on the floor. The dancers prepared for their Fall concert Nov. 22-24.
As students showed up one by one to sign up, each student awaited a number to be assigned to be called and show their skills in jazz, hip-hop and contemporary dancing. Students performed in groups to dance in the specific genres as choreographers took notes on each dancer’s ability. Laura Ann Smyth, LBCC teacher, said, “You get all sorts of dancers, some beginners, advanced and some just getting there.”
“A great dancer is focused, doesn’t give up and keeps trying.”
As some students felt the competition, some became frustrated and left the audition and some embraced the challenge to earn their spot in the concert. Jewls Lagman, 19, an environmental engineering major described her audition experience as “spontaneous you have a good time as you dance that’s all it is.”
And some students feel that their work is cut out for them, as Juan Delgado, 23, a dance major, said, “From beginning to end, you feel the competition, but you have to get into that zone.” Jesse Mendoza, choreographer, said, “I feel very privileged to see these students. I see myself in every single one of them. It takes a lot to just come out and audition, I am so proud of their journey.” Making the dance audition means a lot to the students and choreographers. Some students describe it as an eye-opener to what the future holds in dancing, Some say making the cut is one step closer to their goal. As a former participant in the events Sheree King, dance performance art professor, described what it’s like not making the audition, “It is very hard to get use to at first, but you realize it’s never personal or that you are a bad dancer. You just have to keep practicing.”
As the audition neared its end, the dancers showed what they had left in their tank after for exhausting dances.
The dancers were left with a few seconds to show what they left out and make the best of it, as the current pop song “Blurred Lines” played, the energy in the room rose and all the participants broke into their own style of dancing as the choreographers noticed.
For more information, people may contact Sheree King at (562) 938-4383 or sking@lbcc.edu.