The senior BFA dance majors have been hard at work since September creating solos and groups pieces to be performed at the Fall Senior Dance Concert on Nov. 13, 14 and 15 at 7 and 9 p.m. The performance will be held at the Shirley Wimmer Theater in Putnam Hall. Each senior shared a little insight into what it was like to choreograph their senior piece and how it feel to be a senior in the program.
“Seeing my vision come to life on stage is surreal. It’s a little overwhelming once the process of choreographing a piece begins, but I have been taught to use so many different tools in the creative process. I am proud of my work, and excited to present it as my step into the professional world.” -Becky Sebo
“What a whirlwind! It’s so cool to put in to perspective all that we have learned the past three years. It’s been an exciting (and sometimes frustrating) process to watch my senior piece develop. I feel so supported and consistently pushed to take my work to the next level.” -Bethany Logan
“It’s hard to use all of your comp tools to make a solo–you’re inside it, so you can’t see the movement or your own performance to know how to coach yourself. It’s a great exercise in self-discipline and motivation and you have to learn to have faith in yourself and your decisions.” -Leah Crosby
“These last three years have been quite a process. There have been hard times, some easier than others. Doing my solo forced me to work from the inside out. It caused me engage the different disciplines we have learned over the years and be responsible for own self.” -Curtis Johnson
“Getting to this place of being a senior and stepping into the role of ‘almost professional’ to make work for an evening length concert is a big leap of faith, but I have been well prepared. The program has exposed us to some pretty spectacular dance, choreography, performance groups, and opportunities. We’ve been asked to take risks and every year I find myself adding something new to my ‘dancer toolbox’. I’ve increased my knowledge of my own body, grown my artistic self (in ways I never thought possible) through challenging composition classes and concert performances, shared my love of dance with others through instructing non-major courses, and developed wonderful professional relationships with encouraging and dedicated faculty. I entered the Division of Dance with one interest and one dream and will now leave with hundreds. I have been transformed from dancer to artist: versatile, hungry, and equipped for the next part of the journey.”-Kaitlin Flynn
“It’s been a crazy experience with a lot of ups and down and self-discovery. You have to be prepared and willing to put yourself out there for everyone to see, it can be a really vulnerable and difficult place to be. You have to learn how to keep your own artistic voice present and out there but also be willing to keep alive the feedback that you receive and I think, personally, that’s the biggest lesson I’ve learned while I’ve been here and especially this semester. Although it can sometimes be a struggle figuring out how to keep both sides alive and not let it overwhelm you, you also are fortunate to work through all of this in such a supportive community. The people who surround you, from the professors to the younger students and especially those in your class, are the ones who keep you encouraged and understand how difficult and beautiful this process can be and they constantly remind of that.” -Annie Scott