Department of Theatre and Dance Kicks it up at ‘Island Dance Demo’

Published: May 05, 2014

Department of Theatre and Dance Kicks it up at ‘Island Dance Demo’

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi presented the Island Dance Demo on Wednesday, April 30, before a large audience in the Performing Arts Center.  

The theme for this year’s performance was “Kicking it up,” featuring numbers from “Chicago,” “Burlesque,” “Rent,” and others.  

The Island Dance Demo series is showcased every semester by students in the University dance courses taught by Jilissa Cotten, Assistant Professor of Dance. Students from each class performed a representation of what was learned throughout the semester.

“We started working on the piece from day one,” said Rebecca LaJeunesse, a student in Cotten’s Modern Dance class.  “When we started learning the piece, we found that most of the movements we had practiced were part of it. We put a lot of work into the piece and we were all very happy with the result.”

The evening featured 17 different dance performances to music from Broadway musicals, to popular television series, and musicals.

Students also helped choreograph numbers. Student choreographers were River Johnson, Lucy Garcia, Tiffany Conner, Owen Foster, Nicole Hart, Tania Monroy Jimenez, Antonia Adebo, Thi Nguyen, and Michelle Sullivan.

The Stage Dance Student Organization at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was also featured with their dance performance titled, “Gold and Glamorous,” from the musical, “Burlesque.”