On Friday, April 22 through Sunday, April 24, Meredith College’s dance program will be holding their spring concert, DanceWorks, in person for the first time in two years. The performances will consist of choreographed pieces by students, faculty and guest choreographers.
The Herald had the chance to speak with Alex Marez, a senior at Meredith College who has choreographed a piece for this year’s DanceWorks weekend.
“Over the weekend there are four shows: two that present the work of first time choreographers (Emerging Show) and two shows that present the work of seasoned choreographers (Main Stage Show),” Marez explained. “The shows also have pieces that have been choreographed [by]… some other dance organizations such as the Meredith Angels Dance Team and the Meredith College Dance Crew.”
“There is not a common theme between the pieces of DanceWorks this year,” Marez added. “Some dances have a theme of female empowerment…the dances in each of the shows and the order of the show is very cohesive and flows well.”
When asked what the audience can expect, Marez said there will be “a lot of fun and variety from the shows.”
“There is a wide variety of styles including tap, jazz, musical theater, lyrical and modern,” said Marez. “All of the pieces are very strong and should make for an entertaining performance.”
Because this is one of the first live performances the dance program has been able to put on since the pandemic began, the performers are eager to be back on stage again to share what they have created. “Last year, DanceWorks was presented over Zoom. It is really exciting, as a senior, to have my final dance show live and be maskless in Jones Auditorium,” Marez said.
“I know that all of the dancers and choreographers are excited to be back on the stage and put on a ‘normal’ show. We have all put in so much hard work this past semester and it is all going to pay off seeing the dances hit the stage,” Marez said.
For more information on how to attend a DanceWorks show, visit the dance program's website.
By Haileigh West, Staff Writer