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SUNY Potsdam Student Choreographers Getting Ready to Present Original Dance Works

11.21.17
image of Student Choreographer dancers
SUNY Potsdam dance students will present original works at the annual Student Choreographers Concert. Seen here is a photo from a past performance.

The SUNY Potsdam Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to present the upcoming 2017 Student Choreographers Concert, titled “Spectrum.” The concert is a showcase of 19 choreographic works by student dancers, who have been creating and rehearsing their pieces throughout the fall semester.

The 19 dance works will be divided between two programs, which will all be performed in the Dance Theater, located in the SUNY Potsdam Performing Arts Center.  

Program A will be presented on Friday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. Program B will be presented on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m.

While learning all of the elements that go into presenting concert dance, from choreography to lighting and costume design, the SUNY Potsdam students have also learned such applied fundamentals as leadership, time management and the collaborative process.

Spectrum is typically defined as “an array of entities ordered in accordance with the magnitudes of a common physical property.” The student choreographers all agreed that this definition could also describe the process of dancers coming together on stage, and even more so, the widely-ranged collection of works in the concert.

Student choreographers presenting works include: Carlie Bonilla, Atiya Clarke, Brooklyn Collier, Krystal Dawkins, Nicole Gibson, Kendall Hanrahan, Justice Kennedy, Justine Kennedy, Caitlyn Lane, Asyha Mosely, Cortney Nelsen, Devon Newsome, Luisanna Marte Olivo, Sarah Olsen, Mikayla Pike, Eliezer Quarless, Katherine Rubenacker, Shondelle Webster and Stephon Williams.

Admission to the Student Choreographers Concert is free. To reserve a seat in advance, call the Community Performance Series Box Office at (315) 267-2277, or visit the Performing Arts Center. Tickets will be available at the door, beginning one hour before show time.

From directing, choreographing, acting and dancing, to designing and technical work, theatre and dance are highly collaborative art forms at SUNY Potsdam. Students and professionals engage in creative problem solving, requiring the setting and meeting of long-term goals, and the analysis and understanding of movement and dramatic literature. For more information about SUNY Potsdam’s Department of Theatre and Dance, visit www.potsdam.edu/theatre.

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of only three arts campuses in the entire SUNY system. SUNY Potsdam’s arts curriculum offers the full palette: music, theatre, dance, fine arts and creative writing. No matter the discipline, people from all backgrounds can find their creative compass at Potsdam, with myriad arts immersion experiences available for both campus and community.

Media contact:

Alexandra Jacobs Wilke, Office of College Communications,
(315) 267-2918