By Samwell Favela / Social Media Editor
A fusion of Bollywood, hip hop, modern and other dance styles were featured in the Fall dance ensemble concert hosted by LBCC’s Performing Arts Department at the LAC Auditorium. The show played from Nov. 22-24, with two night concerts on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and one Sunday show at 2 p.m.
This year marked artistic director Sheree King’s 30th academic year directing at LBCC. In honor of the special event, she brought back past students to choreograph pieces for the show and even invited high school students from Bell Gardens Intermediate School to perform in the ensemble.
The show had 10 dance pieces, with a different choreography for each one. The pieces included modern dance, hip-hop, jazz, tap, bhangra and some pieces combining the different styles to showing the diverse skills of both the choreographers and the dancers. One of the diverse dancers, second-year dance major Itsaree Rachatasumrit, performed in three pieces during the concert.
“I have never danced to Bollywood before, but the most difficult one was the modern dance because of all the technique. I had the most fun during the Bollywood dance because it allowed me to smile a lot.”
The piece “Vivaah Bollywood,” choreographed by the King, was the last to be performed. It was inspired by bhangra dance moves that can be found in Hindi films, also known as Bollywood. King said, “Vivaah actually means ‘wedding’ so I used bhangra and drew from the idea of romance.” King had a “Disney hookup” from one of the crew members who works at Disney, so the props more affordable and it made the audience feel as if they were watching a scene straight from a Bollywood movie.
Bhangra singers usually sing with high enthusiasm and the choreography matched the music. The audience was clapping along and cheered when King’s dance was concluded.
The next dance ensemble is scheduled for May 16-18.