Walking around campus on any given day you are bound to come across someone rushing to class with a pair of light pink tights visible under their athletic shorts. However, there are only a few opportunities to view the products of these students’ hard work and dedication to the Wake Forest Dance Company. The Student Choreographic concert series running April 26th through 29th is one such opportunity. One of the most incredible parts of this series is the fact that, as its name implies, all of the pieces performed are choreographed and directed by Wake students. Dancing and choreographic skills are not all that are on display during the show. Viewers can also enjoy the incredible musical talents of the all-male a cappella group Plead the Fifth, which provides musical accompaniment to several of the pieces in the show. Additionally, students have worked with different kinds of media, and several of the pieces incorporate incredible videography and sound editing. For example, a dance entitled “Moving Forward/Looking Back,” choreographed by junior Sydney Diana features speeches by dancers, reflecting upon transformative events in their lives.
Despite the belief that some may have that the dance concert includes predominantly classical pieces, dance genres range from tap to hip/hop. Dancers prove themselves to be quick-change artists, often sprinting off stage and exchanging their leotard for a pair of baggy sweatpants in a mere matter of moments. Amazing costumes and backdrops tied all the elements of the show together, especially in pieces such as a futuristic dance at the end of the show that utilized neon light strips on dancers’ outfits to create a unique visual effect. The performance is a great opportunity to see the incredible talents of our fabulous Wake dancers. The show is running through tomorrow, so if you haven’t yet, get a ticket and go support the Dance Company.