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Change afoot, onstage

Dance concert explores themes familiar to seniors

Student choreographers at the University of North Texas have been exploring themes familiar to those preparing to face graduation.

“Enter Change” is the theme of UNT’s New Choreographers Concert, which will be presented in four performances this weekend. It features original choreography by seniors who’ll soon earn their degrees in dance.

In a video on the Department of Dance and Theater website, dance student Maggie Beutner explains how her 7-minute choreographed piece, which opens the second act of the concert, depicts how “futile” anxiety is.

“In reality,” she says, “we can’t really control anything that happens in our lives, and it’s all about being able to let go of that anxiety and just trust that whatever happens is supposed to happen.”

The students performing in the concert, under the artistic direction of dance professor Shelley Cushman, include Beutner, Nathan Blaser, Allie Costello, Amanda Maraist, Leigh Marvin, Ashley Meeks, Mallory Miner, Emmanuel Silveyra, Natalie Tomlinson and Erin Whyte. Senior dancers are Samantha Barakat, Jeanna Dunlap, Rosa Hernandez and Jacklyn Simone.

Performances are slated for 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the University Theater at the Radio, TV, Film and Performing Arts Building, at the corner of Welch and Chestnut streets.

Tickets cost $5. For advance tickets, call 940-565-2428. Tickets can also be purchased at the box office, Room 104 in the performing arts building.

— Staff report