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Two dancers perform ballet on a dark stage. Richland College Dance Program Presents ‘Illumination’ Spring Dance Concert

What makes you shine? Together with guest choreographers and dancers, the Richland College dance program is asking that question and will be celebrating the collective, vibrant glow of our unique inner lights during its spring concert, “Illumination,” with performances at 12:30 and 7:30 p.m. April 5.

“Illumination” will feature student dancers and professional guest performances and choreography in the dance genres of contemporary modern, jazz, tap and hip-hop, and it is directed by Richland College dance director Gina Sawyer. When work began on this performance, Sawyer invited the dancers and choreographers to imagine and create pieces that reflected his or her own individual take on the subject, and the theme began to evolve and take shape into the idea of hope and light in a world of individuality.

“Our theme of ‘illumination’ is about the individual light that each one of us carries and contributes to the world,” said Cheryl Callon, dance faculty member at Richland College. “That light is important, even among the billions of other lights on our planet.”

Dance choreography and film work will include original pieces by Callon, Cooper Delgado, Lauren Schieffer-Holley and guest choreographer Laura Pearson. Featured guest performers include Dark Circles Dance Company, directed by Joshua L. Peugh, and Choreo Records Tap Company, directed by Keira Leverton.

A dancer, teacher and choreographer, Pearson trained at the Texas Ballet Theater School, attending numerous summer intensives with companies such as Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Texas Ballet Theater and Dallas Black Dance Theater. Her professional dance credits include Ballet Dallas, Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet, Bruce Wood Dance Project, a tour of China with Art.if.Act Dance Project, 6 O’clock Dance Theatre, Zion Dance Project and Wanderlust Dance Project.

Dark Circles Contemporary Dance was founded in 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. The company’s Dallas branch is led by Peugh, an international award-winning choreographer and one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch.” Dark Circles has been hailed by the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram as “the area’s most exciting dance company” and awarded “Best Dance Company” by D Magazine and the Dallas Observer. Since its inception, the company has performed both nationally and internationally.

Leverton comes from a dance background—her grandfather was Buster Cooper, an influential tap dancer who founded the dance program at the Hockaday School. Much of her exposure to the tap community was through tap festivals such as the Chicago Human Rhythm Project and the Third Coast Rhythm Project, and she trained with a variety of professionals, including Gregory Hines and Yuji Uragami. Leverton has performed worldwide at venues such as Radio City Music Hall and Wembley Stadium in London.

The Richland College dance program provides a challenging teaching and learning environment for students who value diversity. The program develops artistic excellence, fosters creative and collaborative practices and encourages personal agency and social responsibility in appreciating dance.

“Illumination” is free and open to the public in the Fannin Performance Hall on the east side of the Richland College campus. Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road. Additional information is available at www.richlandcollege.edu/dance.


Richland College Dance Program Presents ‘Bella Giorno’
Dark Circles Contemporary Dance

Dark Circles Contemporary Dance

The Richland College dance program will present “Bella Giorno,” a multi-genre performance celebrating the awakening of spring, involving students and faculty in both choreography and performing roles, with two performances March 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Dance genres featured in the performance will include contemporary modern, jazz, tap and hip-hop.

“There are many talented returning students in the program this semester,” said Gina Sawyer, director of Richland College’s dance program. “Our students and guest artists make this dance concert a must-see!”

Sawyer will direct “Bella Giorno,” with support from dance faculty Cheryl Callon, Shate Edwards and Julie Rowley. The show will feature guest choreographer Joshua Peugh, with guest performers Katelyn Harris with Rhythmic Souls, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, directed by Peugh, and Melissa Sanderson.

Dark Circles Contemporary Dance made its American debut in 2013 and soon after was recognized in the top ten of Theater Jones’ “2013 Review: The Year in Dance.” It is dedicated to bringing the progressive work of international choreographers and dancers to a worldwide audience. The company’s newest branch is based in north Texas and is led by Peugh, an internationally award-winning choreographer.

Harris, a Texas native, was a principal dancer with Austin-based Tapestry Dance Company from 2006-2010 and has been nominated several times for “best dancer” by the Austin Critics Table awards. She has received extensive training in a variety of movement styles, including rhythm tap, classical ballet, jazz, contemporary dance, hip-hop, swing dance and hatha yoga.

Sanderson has performed in a variety of national and international festivals, and her choreography has been performed in California and Texas. She is currently a company member of Contemporary Ballet Dallas and co-chair of the Creation and Presentation Network of the World Dance Alliance – Americas.

The Richland College dance program provides a challenging teaching and learning environment for students that values diversity and develops artistic excellence, fosters creative and collaborative practices and encourages personal agency and social responsibility in appreciating dance.

“Bella Giorno” is free and open to the public in the Fannin Performance Hall on the east side of the Richland College campus. Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road.