Dance performances

Entertainment: ‘Art in Motion’ opens with a bang with dance performances of various genres (10/10/22)

Catherina Analla, Isabel Kissel and Aurora Spear perform “Paper Thin Perfection” at Art in Motion.

Photo by Kate Haussman

SEMO student dance performers showcased their hard work at the opening night of Art in Motion at the Rust Flexible Theater. Art in Motion is a collection of dance performances by SEMO students to show off their talents and hard work from the beginning of the semester until now.

A performance like “Art in Motion” usually takes place six months later in the semester, which means students have had less time to rehearse their dance pieces.

Eden Hildebrand, a teacher of musical theatre, dance and choreography, conducted “Art in Motion,” and she said the show was important to the students.

“Art in Motion is a celebration of our students, creators and performers. It’s a night to introduce them and give them a creative outlet that they wouldn’t necessarily have found elsewhere,” said Hildebrand.

Some dancers in the show choreographed their own performances. Sophomore dance major Shonti Addison, who choreographed and danced in the show “Retrograde,” said the dance was about the drug and non-drug part of mental illness. Addison has been working on this dance for less than two months.

Addison isn’t the only student to have more than one role in this showcase; Sophomore dance major De’Vontae Graham performed in three dance plays: Thoughts of Despondency, Armageddon, and Untamed.

Thoughts of Despondency is a modern contemporary piece while Armageddon is a contemporary tap piece. Contemporary dance is a style of dance that strives to connect mind and body through flowing dance movements.

The October 4 water main break slowed production of “Art in Motion” because the school was closed and they were not allowed to rehearse on the school campus.

“Usually we [have] about a month, maybe a little less due to little minor things having happened, but we always find ways to go practice and have time to rehearse,” Graham said.

Musical theater major Olivia Wheeler said she loved this year’s show.

“It’s Art in Motion’s first time performing, and I thought it was a total uplift and rejuvenation from all the other dance gigs we’ve had,” Wheeler said. “We kind of combined theatre, theater and dance.”