Story and Photos By Brandon Richardson / Staff Writer
House lights off, black lights on.
Forty faces and 80 hands glowed in the dark as participants in the Spring Dance Concert performed their final number to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” on May 16, 17 and 18.
Angel Delgado, 23, a dance major, said, “It’s nerve-racking. You put everything out there, you know? A lot of nerves, a lot of stress.”
The student performers auditioned for choreographers to be in the show during the second week of the Spring semester and have been rehearsing once or twice a week since for each dance they are in.
Sheree King, a dance teacher at LBCC and the show’s artistic director, said, “Some are in up to four dances. That’s three hours per dance, so some of them are rehearsing 12 hours a week, plus their dance technique classes, plus their academic classes.”
The program consisted of 11 dances ranging from jazz to ballet to modern dance.
Each piece was choreographed by a teacher or student choreographer with the exception of one. Ken Datugan, the artistic director and choreographer of Datugan Dance Theatre, was the guest choreographer for the modern dance piece “Before Impact.”
King, Arlene Brackett, Lauren Hall, Jeff Hendrix, Michelle Shear and Laura Ann Smyth were teachers who each choreographed one dance. Student choreographers Shabron Easter, Erica Hawkins, Myia Hubbard and Sorlie Reeves also choreographed one dance each.
King said, “Everyone is coming in with a different background. Some of them have done it in high school, some of them have never performed and some have done our show many times. So trying to get them all to the same professional level that I expect is always a challenge.”
In the week preceding opening night performers had full dress rehearsals nightly to ensure they were ready to meet King’s expectations.
Before the show’s opening performance on Friday, the green room buzzed with energy and anticipation emanating from the dancers and their constant chatter. Some were putting their faces on, while others watched videos of and discussed previous dress rehearsals.
Regarding his nerves before his performance in “West Grand Boulevard,” Delgado said, “I think I feel it when I’m on stage, actually, cause you feel the adrenaline and since I’m opening the show, it’s more for us because we have to drag the people in. If there’s not a good opening, people are going to get bored.”
The show was funded in part by the ASB, with the rest of the cost coming from the Dance Club’s fundraising, refreshment sales, donations and opportunity drawings.
The size of the audience varied each night. The crowd was at its peak Friday with 275 in attendance. Saturday had 215 viewers and Sunday 177.
Melissa Beliovski, 21, an undeclared major, said, “The show at the end is just a great outcome.”
With the concert behind them, dancers look forward to the Fall semester when they can do it all again.