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Up close and personal

Dance concert features evocative projects by students, alumni, faculty

In recent years, Texas Woman’s University has incubated some of Dallas-Fort Worth’s most recognized emerging modern dance companies.

Graduate Jose Zamora created CholoRock Dance Theatre while he was studying dance, and the dancer-choreographer continues to make fascinating mash-ups of folk, rock and electronic music and dance that embraces the artistic director’s Hispanic heritage. (Locals may have seen the troupe all painted up for Denton’s Day of the Dead.)

Simple Sparrow Dance Company has spent the last few years giving Dallas, Denton and Fort Worth artists a chance to present and perform in new work. And Big Rig Dance Collective was born in Denton before it became a creative pod for dancers from Austin, Houston and elsewhere in Texas.

This weekend, dancers, dance lovers and those who are curious about the seat of Denton’s dance scene can get a taste of the sensibilities that have led to a surging, if small, dance community. The DanceMakers dance concert is a yearly tradition for TWU dance students. Student choreographers bring their end-of-semester projects to the stage for audience and faculty alike.

Eight dances were selected from more than 40 pieces that were auditioned. Undergraduate and graduate students will present their work along with TWU alumni and faculty.

TWU’s International Dance Company opens the concert with a folkloric dance from northwestern Mexico, “Caranval del Toro,” choreographed by alumnus Karla Canamar. “In Between Blooms,” choreographed by graduate student Leslie Conner, is a solo piece that features the unraveling of two main dance sequences to their simplest state.

Undergraduate Ciceley Fullylove choreographed and performs in a duet, “Mental Hydraulics.” The piece is about mental, emotional and physical disassociation. Doctoral candidate A’Keitha Carey showcases a 13-minute work, “Personal Is Political,” expressing the perspectives of women of color throughout history.

Adjunct dance faculty member Christie Nelson presents “Upheld Flight.” The quintet looks at emotional, physical and structural support.

“Dissociative Hindsight,” choreographed by graduate student Lauren Schieffer, is a quartet exploring altered states of consciousness. “The Flower Duet” is a quartet by graduate student Whitney Coleman. The piece evokes curiosity through the use of unexpected actions and unfolding relationships.

Closing the show is “Proximity Script,” choreographed by TWU assistant professor of dance Jordan Fuchs. The work features an original sound composition by composer Keith Fleming and a cast of seven dancers pushing the limits of partnering work at close quarters.

— Lucinda Breeding


What: Eight dances choreographed by TWU students, alumni and faculty

When: 4 p.m. today and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Where: Margo Jones Performance Hall, on the first floor of the TWU Music Building, at Pioneer Circle and Oakland Street

Details: Tickets cost $9 for adults, $7 for non-TWU students and $5 for TWU students with ID. Seating is general admission.