By Jesus Hernandez
The Fall 2012 Dance Ensemble In Concert had its opening night Nov. 30 in the LBCC Auditorium.
The Concert is a result of a semester-long process the dance performance class engages in. Teachers and students submit proposals for possible dance pieces and only the best are selected by the artistic director to be featured.
“It’s an eclectic mix of dance styles,” said Sheree King, artistic director of the Concert. “We do it out of love,” King said.
The ten-piece show had a wide variety of performances with many highlights.
“Taiko,” an all-male piece, was very tribal and full of energy. The scantily dressed performers were explosive and powerful.
“Scratch That Itch,” was a fun, flirtatious piece with performers dancing to the slap bass rhythm of “Love Cats” by The Cure.
One of the most impactful performances of the night was “Screaming Quietly” which was about gay rights. It presented many of the frustrations of inequality toward the LGBT community through poetry and dance.
Tytus Larue, 21, musical theater major, said, “My favorite piece to perform, because it was challenging, was Taiko.” Larue had more than one performance he favored, but each was for a different reason. “My other favorite one was ‘Vacussion’ because it was weird and I had another favorite, ‘Espera,’ because it was cool,” Larue said.
Larue also was among the 10 choreographers of the show. He choreographed “Screaming Quietly.”
The show had a wide variety of performances and dance styles with no two performances even remotely similar to anything else in the show. “Historia” alone was a mix of Caribbean, African and Latin rhythm.
The Fall 2012 Dance Ensemble In Concert will be performed in the LBCC Auditorium from Friday, Nov. 30 through Sunday, Dec. 2 with shows beginning at 8 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.
More information can be found by visiting the theatre, dance and film web page at http://www.lbcc.edu/tdf.