The Dixie State University Dance Company will hold its annual Spring Dance Concert April 6–8 to showcase DSU students as they perform an array of dance styles and techniques. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Eccles Fine Arts Center Mainstage Theatre at DSU.
“Our dancers have been working diligently, and they are very excited to share their passion and love for dance with the community,” said Dr. Li Lei, founder and artistic director of the Dixie State University Dance Company.
The concert will feature 22 DSU students performing routines that demonstrate a variety of styles, including modern dance, ballet, jazz, tap, ballroom, hip-hop, and world dance. Kylee Arnold, Jennifer Brown, Haleigh Caldwell, Dede Dixon, Steffi England, Amber Foster, Kaylyn Fulton, Erin Hakoda, Cora Hamer, Maysa Holyoak, Sam Keatley, McKensy Madsen, Montie Peterson, Sarah Ramaker, Riley Randall, Shaylie Russell, Colton Smith, Alivia Snow, Shellie Stirland, Cajun Syrett, O’Shann Williams, and Mikel Young will all perform.
Caldwell, a senior dance major from Riverside, California, has been a member of the DSU Dance Company for four years and said performing in the concerts and watching the university add a bachelor’s degree in dance in 2015 have been pivotal to her education.
“It’s been amazing to be a part of the dance company and watch the dance program expand,” Caldwell said. “Events like the Spring Dance Concert help the program grow, and I’ve seen my love for dance grow with it.”
The concert is put on by Lei and DSU dance department faculty and staff members. Choreographers include Nicole Hadley, Kyudong Kwak, Heather Madison, Jenny Mair, Amy Randall, Kristen Thompson, Jamie Waters, and Megan Young.
“As a dance choreographer, I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with a company of such talented and passionate dancers,” Waters said. “As a dance enthusiast, I’m grateful to see a show that encompasses such a variety of genres, ideas, and emotions.”
The Dixie State University Dance Company was founded in September 2001. The company has put on 29 formal dance concerts since its founding.
Tickets for the Spring Dance Concert are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and youth, and $2 for students with a DSU student ID and are available at the Cox Performing Arts Center ticket office. Tickets can be purchased by calling (435) 652-7800 or at dsutix.com.