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Department of Theater and Dance Presents ‘Island Dance Demo’ to Showcase Experiences of Pioneer Women

May 05, 2015


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Approximately 70 students took part in the Island Dance Demo presented on  April 29 at the Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.  

The Island Dance Demo, which also included performances by five choreographers from the Dance Composition II course and the Islander Dance Team and Del Mar College Dance ensemble, was presented by the TAMU-CC Department of Theatre and Dance. The theme for this year’s performance was “Americana.”

“This is my tenth year to do the dance demo,” stated Cotten, Assistant Professor of Dance at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “It’s exciting that it’s growing. With the support of the theatre and dance program and the support of the Performing Arts Center, we’ve been able to improve over the years.”

Each dance routine was representative of something that symbolizes America, whether that be music, theme, or dance style. The production included a variety of dance styles such as ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, and contemporary.

The showcase also included the well-known dance titled, “On the Move-A Pioneer Story,” a contemporary modern and jazz piece about pioneer women and the lifestyle they choose in the rural plains of America. The piece was choreographed by Cotten, and was inspired by her fascination with the roots of America.

The Island Dance Demo series is showcased each semester by students in the University dance courses taught by Cotten.