Dance Concert approaching Saturday

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Dance Professor Shawn Bible will be performing in the upcoming Fall Dance Concert

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GVL Archive Dance Professor Shawn Bible will be performing in the upcoming Fall Dance Concert

As the semester comes to a close, there are only a few performances and events left to attend. Grand Valley State University’s Dance Ensemble will host its fall dance concert as one of the last performances of the semester.

The concert will be held Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Louis Armstrong Theatre in the Performing Arts Center.

The Ensemble is made entirely of Grand Valley student dancers that have auditioned to be a part of the Ensemble. They perform the works of faculty, guest artists and carefully selected student’s works all within two annual main stage performances.

“I would love to see more students take advantage of this awesome opportunity to see live dance performances on campus,” said Margaret Madden, a senior dance major. “It’s free and close by so there really is no excuse not to come.”

The concert is a two part series which consists of a fall and spring performance.

For this semester’s performance, the dance department invited three professional dancers and choreographers to work with the Dance Ensemble. Such dancers are Julie Blume of the Parsons Dance Company out of New York; Lizzie Mackenzie of the Rivernorth Ballet out of Chicago and Erica Fischbach of the American Ballet of Theatre based in New York City.

“The Fall Dance show this semester is going to be a great show,” said Judi Jaekel, Grand Valley senior dance major and member of the Dance Ensemble. “I think this will be one of our best shows since I’ve been here. We had amazing guest choreographers who came in and set pieces on us. Also, we have professors and adjunct teachers who also set great pieces.”

In addition to the professional dancers and choreographers there will be performances from the dance faculty, including Shawn T. Bible, Carrie Brueck Morris, Sarah Magoon and Calin Radulescu.

“It will be an exciting evening filled with exhilarating performances of contemporary, modern dance and ballet,” Bible said.

There will also be a guest performance by Nick and Laura Schultz, dancers from the Grand Rapids Ballet, with the ensemble.

“I think one of the major reasons many students don’t come to our performances is because a lot of them don’t even know Grand Valley has a dance department with dance majors and minors,” Madden said. “Our shows are very entertaining with high quality dancing, performing and choreography from our faculty and various renowned choreographers from around the world.”

The event is open to the public with free admission.

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