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TWU students showcase choreography in 'Dance UpClose'


DENTON— The Texas Woman’s University Department of Dance will present the “Dance UpClose Concert Series” Nov. 20-22 in the TWU Dance Studio Theatre, located in the Dance Building on the northeast corner of Bell Avenue and Administration Drive on the TWU Denton campus.

Performances are scheduled at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, and at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22. Tickets are $6 for general admission and $4 for students and seniors. For more information, visit or call (940) 898-2086.

The “Dance UpClose Concert Series” presents the work of up-and-coming choreographers as they are continuing artistic explorations as dance students. The more intimate performance space in the TWU Dance Studio Theatre gives audience members an up-close look at the works presented.

This fall, nine dance works were selected from almost 30 works auditioned.

The concert series opens with Breaking Chains, a solo choreographed by undergraduate student Crineshia Mitchell. Ms. Mitchell’s work watches a woman overcoming the obstacles of racism. Introspection, choreographed by undergraduate student Ashleigh Pope, explores individuality through partnering, variations of time and reuniting in unison movement. Undergraduate student Maddie Owens choreographed You Don’t Scream About the Real Thing, a trio that uses frantic gestures and deadpan expression to represent Ray Bradbury’s short story, The Last Night of the World.

Give and Take, choreographed by graduate student Melissa Johnson, is a duet that analyzes the relationships of internal and external conflict. Ending the first half of the concert is graduate student Tiffany Bierly’s She Will, a piece that represents the transference of knowledge throughout a community as a way to establish support.

Abnormally Settled, choreographed by undergraduate student Laura Buzinski, is a collaboration that explores the challenges of compliance through variations of solos, duets, trios and group movement. Undergraduate student Aja Rose choreographed In the Midst of Darkness, a group dance that explores the overwhelming desire to break out of self-constructed boundaries and settling into certainty. Graduate student Nadia Dosal presents her choreography, The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of its Parts. In this trio, dancers manipulate light as a way to fluctuate between memories of the past in relationship to their present identity.

The show closes with Inquitude, a work in which the choreographer, graduate student Jessica Murphy, explores the idea of physical and mental discomfort.

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Karen Garcia
Senior Writer

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