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Nevada Union dancers showcase skills

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Nevada Union High School’s Theatrical Dance program is proud to present the 12th annual Student Choreography Showcase. This innovative lecture/demonstration of student works, featuring original choreography by 17 advanced dancers in the department, highlights the creative talent and excellence in the performing arts at Nevada Union.

The intermediate and advanced dancers performing in these student works have been preparing since last August, dedicating numerous hours to after-school and weekend rehearsals. Before presenting each piece, the choreographers describe their inspiration and choreographic processes, the challenges they overcame and their artistic vision for how the movement, costuming and lighting designs they have created reflect the future directions of dance art.

The show opens with a Fosse-inspired jazz piece, choreographed by senior and Theatrical Dance Club President Alayna Grapel. As the show progresses, the pieces vary from contemporary to classical, including a broad spectrum of movement styles and themes. From senior Katie Power’s James Bond-inspired hip-hop piece to Rose Kazy’s deeply moving modern dance about coping with the loss of a loved one, this show takes the audience on a truly memorable journey, according to organizers.

Most notably, senior and Theatrical Dance co-president Holly Warner created a piece inspired by the surrealist paintings of Salvador Dalí. The movement evokes images of melting clocks and burning giraffes set to a score from “The Lord of the Rings.” The piece demonstrates college-level maturity and creativity that is rarely seen in high school students, and it has been selected for adjudication in a Bay Area theater and dance festival this March, according to NU dance teacher Courtney Wadman.

The Student Choreography Showcase illustrates the dance program’s emphasis on strong, classical technique and innovation in choreography. Performances will take place Feb. 28 and March 1 and 2. All performances begin at 7 p.m. in the Don Baggett Theater, 11761 Ridge Road, Grass Valley.

Tickets are $10, $12 and $15, depending on seating location; all seating is reserved. Tickets can be purchased online at Tickets can also be purchased in the Don Baggett Theater lobby from 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 25-27 and on show nights at the door. The box office opens at 5:30 p.m.

For information, contact the Nevada Union Dance Department at (530) 273-4431, ext. 2103.

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