CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A “Bravo Broadway” themed Island Dance Demo, presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance in the School of Arts, Media and Communication, was held on April 27 in the Performing Arts Center.
This performance involved more than 80 student dancers and featured music and dance from renowned Broadway shows including “West Side Story,” “The Lion King,” “Cats,” “Rent,” “Chicago” and more.
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.
“Island Dance Demo helps student dancers understand what it means to perform in front of an audience and experience what professional dancers do, in turn helping them form an appreciation for the art,” said Cotten. “The show is also designed as an opportunity for all students to come and see what the campus dance courses can offer them, as well as an opportunity for the community to see what students at A&M-Corpus Christi are doing.”
Performances by the Stage Dance Student Organization and the Del Mar College Dance Ensemble were also showcased.
The production incorporated many dance styles such as jazz, ballet, hip-hop, contemporary and modern dance. Students also helped choreograph routines.
“Choreographing a piece is interesting—if the process goes well—you feel confident in your piece. It has been a really fun process with the dancers; they are very talented,” said Frank Garcia Jr., who co-choreographed the piece “Natural Woman” with Freddy Acevedo. “It’s a very collaborative process, so knowing that this is a group effort makes it enjoyable to finally watch it go up on stage for an audience.”
In its 10th year at the University, Island Dance Demo proceeds go in part toward scholarships for the upcoming fall 2017 dance minor.