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Spring Dance Concert 2021

Spring Dance Concert Poster

Contains some adult language and themes. Otherwise, suitable for children

Performers for Split-casts in March 12th Performance:
Space Between, Within, Without: Jenna Kulacz 
Kicking Glass: Samantha Berger, Amanda Cousins, Katie Fulks, Caroline Irmscher, Jenna Kulacz, Sarah McNamee, Gaby Minionis, Emily Shade
re(belle): Maggie Fairley, Katie Lorber, Eliana Sakin, Hannah West, Erin Woods, Lauren Weinberg
Performers for Split-casts in March 13th Performance
Space Between, Within, Without: Lauren Mitchell 
Kicking Glass: Samantha Berger, Hannah Giessler, Jenna Kulacz, Isabell Mao, Lauryn McCarthy, Sarah McNamee, Gaby Minionis, Emily Shade
re(belle): Victoria Cataldo, Maggie Fairley, Katie Lorber, Eliana Sakin, Hannah West, Rachel Rightmyer

Special Thanks

Many thanks to Lauren Kearns, Kimberly Rippy, David McGraw, Deb Leamy, Keshia Wall, BIPOC Choreographer Committee, Jessica Werfel, Lauren Jacobbe, Tatum Wentworth, Katie Fulks, Sydney Dye, Cierra Seawright, Allison Dyke and all the choreographers, filmmakers, understudies, assistants, interns, performers, designers and the entire production team!

Pieces

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

Choreographed by Cheri Stokes

Movement Invention: Cheri Stokes and Cassidy Perry

Music Credit: Sound design by Cheri Stokes using music samples from Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh, Mary J. Blige and Notorius B.I.G. 

Costume Design: Cheri Stokes and Cassidy Perry 

Rehearsal Assistant: Lauren Jacobbe and Jessica Werfel

This solo infuses the ideas and perspectives of myself and Cassidy’s experiences with Hip-Hop Culture, Contemporary Dance, our movement lineage and histories, and weaving those experiences into the work.

Relentless

Choreographed by Casey Avaunt in collaboration with the dancers

Costume Design: Heidi Jo Schiemer

Music Credit: “Hotel Terminus” by Circus Marcus 

Girls In My Neighborhood

Choreographed by Alexandra Joye Warren in collaboration with the dancers

Video Projection: Jeremy Hyler

Music Credit: Unbearable (original composition) by Nicholas Rich, Autumn by Konovalov Music

Text Credit: James Baldwin (Excerpt from “The Struggle”), Angela Davis (Excerpt from “On Becoming an Activist”)

Space Between, Within, Without

Choreographed by Gaspard Louis

Music Credit: Michael Wall

As movers, our natural instinct is to soak up the space around us. However, In the age of Covid-19, we find ourselves in situations where we’re forced to practice self-isolation and remain at a minimum 6 feet from one another. Space Between, Within, Without, is an exploration of the space, the air, and the joy of being able to move freely in an environment larger than 6 x 6 boundaries. 

Triggered

Choreographed by Renay Aumiller

Movement Invention: The dancers

Music Credit: “What’s Up?” by Linda Perry and “Listen Before I Go” instrumental by Billie Eilish & Finneas. Edited for the purposes of this performance.

Costume Design: Caitlin Duncan

Kicking Glass

Choreographed by Jen Guy Metcalf in collaboration with the dancers and Eileena Boyce

Music Credit: “Metamorphosis No. 2” by Philip Glass, “Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett, Kenny Laguna, Ritchie Cordell & Marty Kupersmith

re(belle)

Choreographed by Clarice Young 

Music Credit: “Yeah” and “Big Booty Problem” by Full Crate, “Desire and the Burning Girl” and “New Jack Bounce” by Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

Costume Design: Heidi Jo Schiemer

Victoria Cataldo

Victoria Cataldo

Maggie Fairley

Maggie Fairley

Katie Lorber

Katie Lorber

Eliana Sakin

Eliana Sakin

Rachel Rightmyer

Rachel Rightmyer

Hannah West

Hannah West

Lauren Weinberg

Lauren Weinberg

Erin Woods

Erin Woods

Victoria Cataldo

Victoria Cataldo is a dancer from Boston, MA currently completing her B.F.A. in Dance Performance & Choreography and B.A. in Strategic Communications at Elon University. Prior to her time at Elon, she performed internationally as a member of the Northeast Ballet Conservatory, under the Artistic Direction of Denise Cecere and Joseph Jeffries. She has performed in works choreographed and staged by Denise Cecere, Joseph Jeffries, Rhonda Miller, Jeremy Ruth-Howes, Jen Guy-Metcalf, Clarice Young, Alexandra Joye Warren and Renay Aumiller, among others and in Elon’s Dancing In The Landscape, Fall Dance Concert, and Spring Dance Concert.

Maggie Fairley

Maggie Fairley is from Basking Ridge, New Jersey. She is currently a senior at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography and a B.A. in Arts Administration with a minor in Business Administration. During her time at Elon, she has performed in the Black History Month Concerts, Spring Dance Concerts, and participated in Senior Fellows Research performances. Maggie has also had internships with New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble and is currently the Production Assistant for the Fall Dance Concert.

Katie Lorber

Katie Lorber, is a senior from Westchester, NY, pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography/B.S. in Dance Science. Previously, Katie attended Seven Star School of Performing Arts for 13 years and trained at the NYU Tisch School for the Arts in the summer of 2019. Katie was selected to the United States Tap Team five times competing in the World Tap Dance Championships in Riesa, Germany, both a soloist and group dancer. Previous Elon Performances: Fall Dance Concert (2019), the Black History Month Dance Concert: Communion (2020), Rites of Seasons (2020), and Spring Dance Concert (2021).

Eliana Sakin

Eliana Sakin is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. She is a senior pursuing a B.F.A in Dance Performance & Choreography and a B.A in Arts Administration. In her first three years at Elon, Eliana has had the opportunity to perform in Rites of Seasons, Chroma, Black History Month Dance Concert, as well as work with student and faculty choreographers in Dancing in the Landscape. Eliana has also performed with Africa Alive Dance Company in Ghana as well as site-specific works by Lauren Kearns in Florence, Italy. She is so thankful for all of her experiences at Elon and can’t wait for what her senior year brings!

Rachel Rightmyer

Rachel Rightmyer is a senior majoring in Dance Performance and Choreography and minoring in Exercise Science. Rachel has been in many works throughout her time at Elon, including works by Yoshito Sakuraba, Maurice Watson, Clarice Young, and Brianna Forbes. She is excited to be completing her last performance on the McCrary stage in the Spring Dance Concert performing works by Ming-Lung Yang and Shaleigh Comerford.

Hannah West

Hannah West is from St. Augustine, Florida. She is in her final year at Elon University. At Elon, Hannah is working to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography. She has participated in faculty-directed dance concerts, worked with guest choreographers, presented her own works, and performed abroad in Florence, Italy with The Kearns Dance Project. She’s also currently working to receive her certificate in classical Pilates. Hannah is very excited to continue exploring the amazing opportunities Elon provides.

Lauren Weinberg

Lauren Weinberg is a native of San Antonio, Texas and currently, a senior at Elon University. She is pursuing a double major with a B.F.A in Dance Performance and Choreography and a B.S in Dance Science, along with a minor in Exercise Science. She studied at San Antonio Dance Academy for ten years along with San Antonio Metropolitan Dance Company for four years. She has attended summer intensives with American Ballet Theater, The Joffrey Ballet, and Point Park University. During her undergraduate career, Lauren has performed in Dancing in the Landscape, Fall Dance Concert, Spring Dance Concert, Black History Dance Concert, Student Fellowship Productions and various student works. She has also choreographed in the Red Circle Showcase and her first mainstage choreography piece, Just A Number, was performed in this year’s Fall Dance Concert. Just A Number¸ was selected through an adjudicating process, to be performed and compete in the Richmond Dance Festival in May. Lauren is also a Club Pilates Apprentice and will be fully certified in Pilate’s mat and equipment by graduation!

Erin Woods

Erin Woods is a native of Ridgewood, New Jersey. She is currently a junior at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance & Choreography and a B.S. in Dance Science. Previously, Erin trained with the Steps on Broadway Conservatory program and Ridgewood Performing Arts Center, and has attended summer intensives with the Pennsylvania Ballet. She completed an internship with Hackensack Meridian Health in the inpatient Physical Therapy unit. Erin has performed in Elon’s Fall Dance Concert (2019 & 2020), the Elon College Fellows Showcase (2019), Dancing in the Landscape (2018), and is excited to perform in this year’s Spring Dance Concert!

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Dance Film 

Choreographed by Cheri Stokes 

Music Credit: Sound design by Cheri Stokes using music samples from Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh, Mary J. Blige and Notorius B.I.G.

Costume Design: Cheri Stokes and dancers 

Production Team

Artistic DirectorJen Guy Metcalf
Costume CoordinatorHeidi Jo Schiemer
Sound DesignerMichael Smith
Lighting DesignerBill Webb
Technical DirectorJ.P. Mullican
Stage ManagerSydney Sirkin
Props MasterNatalie Hart
Light Board OperatorBill Webb
Sound Board OperatorMichael Smith
Deck ChiefJ.P. Mullican
Front-of-House SupervisorDavid McGraw
House ManagerJack Morrill
Poster DesignSydney Dye
Video RecordingJaySnapps Media LLC, Jermaine Studwell

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