Three challenging showcases in New York City during the fall semester gave Sacred Heart University’s Dance Company members opportunities to display their passion, creativity and talent.
Select dancers were asked to represent the school at programs that appealed to varied audiences and challenged the dancers to perform beyond their traditional Sacred Heart audience. The events ranged from college exploration to an original jazz performance and an original work created by SHU’s choreographer.
“It is such an amazing opportunity for pre-professional college dancers to perform alongside professionals. I am proud to be part of such an incredible program,” said McClaine Timmerman, assistant director of dance.
In October, the Dance Company was one of six college-level dance groups that participated in Dancewave Through College and Beyond (DTCB), a nationwide event that took place at Hunter College. Hundreds of high school students attended DTCB to explore college dance opportunities and attend a college fair, professional collegiate showcase and scholarship auditions.
Sacred Heart’s Dance Company also was the only university dance team selected to perform in the JCE Jazz Dance Project at the Salvatore Capezio Theatre at Peridance. This event hosted original jazz choreography from emerging and established choreographers, giving them an opportunity to showcase their work in a professional setting.
Dance Company choreographers Matthew Westerby, Tiffanie Carson and Kari Williams selected SHU dancers to perform their work.
Senior media arts major Sydney Choothesa, who participated in the showcases, said the events were great opportunities. “I want to become a professional dancer once I graduate, and I get so much versatility with the Dance Company. In my four years at SHU, I have seen talent and passion for dance grow so much,” said Choothesa.