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Richland College Dance Program to Showcase Individual Empowerment in ‘True Colors’ Spring Dance Concert

The Richland College dance program will strive to empower individuals to discover their unique voices and imagine their possibilities during its spring dance concert, “True Colors,” at 7:30 p.m. April 1 and 2.

Directed by Richland College dance director Gina Sawyer, “True Colors” will involve both students and faculty in choreography and performance roles, with dance genres including contemporary modern, lyrical, jazz, tap and hip-hop.

In keeping with the theme of empowerment, the April 1 performance will be dedicated to the girls of Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas, many of whom will attend. Girls Inc. awakens the potential in girls and young women from low income neighborhoods and inspires them to make strong, smart and bold choices that positively contribute to our communities. This collaboration is made possible by Sawyer and Sherry Dean, Ph.D., former Girls Inc. board director and current Eureka! advisory council member, who is also a Richland College speech communication professor.

Dance faculty choreography and film work will include original pieces by Whitney Coleman, Shaté Edwards, Gina Sawyer and Lauren Schieffer. The program will also feature guest performers and choreographers Darryl Cleveland, Nicole Langi, the imPULSE Dance Project under the direction of Anastasia Waters and Rhythmic Souls under the direction of Katelyn Harris.

Cleveland is a professional dancer, choreographer and instructor with 20 years of experience in ballet, jazz and modern dance forms. His experience includes teaching at Booker T. Washington High School in Dallas, dancing with Toni Braxton and En Vogue, eight seasons with the Dallas Black Dance Theater and choreographing and starring in statewide Texas Lottery commercials.

Langi earned a B.A. in dance with an emphasis on ballet performance from Brigham Young University in 2012. Her professional credits include the Kinuko Modern Dance Company, Mountain West Ballet Company and the Utah Opera. She currently teaches ballet and tap at the Texas Ballet Theatre School in Dallas.

imPULSE dance project was founded in 2012 by Waters with the vision to open the mind, eyes and heart of the general public to the beauty of modern dance by integrating dance works into untraditional dance environments and spaces.

Rhythmic Souls, under the direction of Harris, is a small company of rhythm tap dancers known for their unique blend of style, charisma, innovative choreography and rapid-fire footwork. Rhythmic Souls strives to bring the spirit of tap dance back to the stage and continue the legacy of this American art form. Their cross-genre repertoire infuses rhythm dance with body percussion, sand dancing, contemporary movement, flamenco, swing dance and anything else that might lend itself to rhythmic persuasion.

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.

“True Colors” 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.


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.