‘Create the Night’ at the annual senior showcase

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Besides choreography, seniors also take part in other stages of the production process. One piece uses sand to maximize theatrical effects. (Photo by Natalie Stoker)
Besides choreography, seniors also take part in other stages of the production process. One piece uses sand to maximize theatrical effects. (Photo by Natalie Stoker)

Graduating seniors from BYU Department of Dance will take part in the production and choreography of the Senior Dance Projects Showcase this weekend.

The Department of Dance holds the annual senior showcase to provide seniors an opportunity to perform what they have learned over the years. The showcase can also be used by the seniors as their capstone project.

The seniors participating in this year’s show named the showcase “Create the Night.” Most of the dance performances are contemporary and modern dance, along with one piece of ballroom dance.

Kate Monson, the faculty advisor of the showcase, said the success of the showcase is largely determined by the students involved and the hard work and creativity they put into the show.

“We encourage our seniors to create something that they are interested in, that motivates them,” Monson said. “So we actually end up with a large variation.”

Monson also said there will be a lot of interesting elements for those who come to the show. Kailyn Fayles, a senior who studied tai-chi in China, brings martial art movements into contemporary choreography. Another dance piece will involve the release of feathers onto the stage.

“More and more contemporary movements are fused with different aspects of theatrical things and different aspects of other movements,” Monson said.

Katie Farrenkopf, a dance major from Wisconsin, volunteers to take part in Fayles’s work.

“I haven’t seen any other pieces yet so I don’t know how they’re going to be, but the one that I’m in is really fun,” Farrenkopf said. “It’s really intense, a lot of fast-paced movements, so it should be a really good show.”

The senior showcase will take place Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richards Building.

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