The Sam Houston State University Department of Dance will present the Spring 2017 Dance Spectrum in Concert April 20-22 in the James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center Dance Theatre at 8 PMnightly. The purpose of Dance Spectrum is to give dance majors an opportunity to hone their craft by working with guest artists and dance faculty on challenging repertory in an atmosphere that is professional in nature. Many students go on to work with the guest artists or faculty in professional settings outside the university upon graduation. Dance Spectrum and other performance opportunities at Sam prepare our dance students for their future careers as dance performance artists and serves as a bridge for students from student to the professional world.
This semester’s dance spectrum line up includes new works by dance faculty members Dana Nicolay, Andy Noble, and Dionne Sparkman Noble as well as visiting professors David J Deveau and Jennifer Mabus. The Department of Dance also commissioned for this evening Robert Battle’s riveting choreography “BattleField,” a work designed for a large cast of dancers focused on a wide and powerful range of movement to African rhythms. Robert Battle is the artistic director of the renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ms. Mabus, longtime dancer of Robert Battle’s is resetting the repertory on the Sam dancers. Additionally, senior BFA dance student Bekah Adkins will present her work “Little Tease” on the evening. Adkin’s work was selected to represent SHSU at the American College Dance Association regional conference in March.