Dance students perform professional pieces at concerts


    If you are looking for something different to do this weekend, Dance TCU will be putting on its fall concert.

    Ashley Bomm, a junior ballet major, said the concert consists of five different dance pieces — three modern dance and two ballet.

    Ellen Shelton, director of The School for Classical and Contemporary Dance, said the dance school has received permission to perform the first movement of Serenade from The George Balanchine Trust. Dancers will also perform Fandango with permission of the Tudor Trust.

    Junior ballet major Jenn Shinn said the pieces being performed were classics, but belong to their respective trusts. The dance school had to apply for permission to perform those pieces.

    “The trust determines whether or not the dance department is strong enough to perform them,” Shinn said. “It is a really big honor to be able to do these pieces.”

    The department also brought in professional choreographers to work with the dance students, she said.

    Shelton said the guest choreographers were Sarah Gamblin and Christian von Howard.

    “It is a great opportunity for us to make connections with these people and to work in a professional environment because they expect us to work just as hard as a professional dance company,” Shinn said.

    Dance students practiced in the brand new dance facility for the first time in order to prepare for the concert. The new venue made rehearsal more fun and interesting, Shinn said.

    A lot of hard work goes into the concert, Bomm said. The entire dance program — freshmen through seniors — were involved in some way.

    Shinn said the concert in particular was very dynamic and would display the versatility of the dance department.

    “It is going to be a lovely program with a nice range of dances,” Shelton said.

    Shinn said that it would be best to arrive a little early and get good seats to be able to see the detailed floor and footwork.

    Anyone thinking of attending the shows on Sunday needed to remember to turn their clocks back so they are not an hour early because of the Daylight Savings time change, Shelton said.

    “It is important for people to come and support TCU dance because we have a lot of great talent that people tend to overlook,” Bomm said.

    DanceTCU Fall Concert

    Nov. 4 & 5 at 8 p.m.
    Nov. 5 & 6 at 2 p.m.

    Ed Landreth Auditorium

    Free with TCU ID
    $5 non-TCU students with ID
    $10 general admission