NU premiers 2013 Spring for Dance performances Friday |

NU premiers 2013 Spring for Dance performances Friday

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Marion Charlotte Keech |

The Nevada Union High School Theatrical Dance program is proud to present Spring for Dance, the biggest annual NU dance production of the year beginning this weekend.

Spring for Dance features choreography by NU Dance Teacher and Artistic Director, Courtney Wadman, Assistant Director Gaia Weiss, and professional guest choreographers from across the nation: Chelsea Asman, Jesse Beck, Alison Clancy, Efren Corado, Hollie McGovern, Sommer Wadman, and Indah Walsh. These choreographers are graduates of prestigious university dance programs and/or professional dancers and teachers who set original works on the NU dancers.

The show opens with a flashy character piece choreographed by Nevada Union alumnus and New York University graduate, Jesse Beck, who created a “Hello, Dolly meets The Heights” inspired dance piece designed for audiences of all ages. From an authentic Hawaiian Hula piece to a 1920s Charleston piece, the show takes audience members on a journey of dance across the globe and through a range of historical time periods.

Local ballet teacher Hollie McGovern’s contemporary ballet piece en pointe evokes images of Greek Mousai (muses), goddesses of music, dance and poetry. Another notable piece is Utah-based choreographer Efren Corado’s modern dance inspired by the work of legendary Merce Cunningham. This dance will have a different song played for each performance. The show concludes with Gaia Weiss’ upbeat hip hop number titled “The 8th Wonder of the World.” The diversity in this show will appeal to a wide audience, as will the impressive talent of the more than 150 performers from Advanced, Intermediate, and Beginning level dance classes.

Spring for Dance reflects the love of dance and commitment to excellence in the arts that distinguishes NU Theatrical Dance. At last month’s Ohlone Festival, located in Fremont, the NU dancers competed against dozens of other Northern California high school dance programs, and won First Place in World Dance as well as First Place and Third Place for Theater Dance. Student choreographer, Holly Warner, was honored as the Judges’ Favorite for Best Choreographer for her piece “Caught in Limbo,” which premiered at the NU Student Choreography Showcase in February.

Every NU dancer who attended the Ohlone Festival was selected to perform in the Finals Round.

Don’t miss this opportunity to support these wonderful dancers and witness all of their hard work. They have had hours of rehearsals after-school and even on weekends to prepare for five stellar performances of Spring for Dance at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, as well as 7 p.m. May 3 and May 4. All performances will be in the Don Baggett Theater at Nevada Union High School, 11761 Ridge Road, Grass Valley.

Tickets are $10, $12, or $15, depending on seating location. All seating is reserved. Tickets are now available online at

For more information, visit the website or call the NU Dance Department at 530-273-4431, ext. 2103.

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