Wildcat dancers return to stage for Spring Dance Showcase

hip hop dancers on stageAfter a busy two semesters of preparation, the Linfield Department of Music will present “Celestial,” the Spring Dance Showcase on April 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. The showcase features 15 student and faculty choreographed performances in various dance forms such as ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, jazz and more.  

The event was produced in collaboration with the Linfield Theatre Program, whose faculty and staff provided production and technical assistance. Lighting design under the direction of Derek Lane, visiting assistant professor of theatre, resident scenic and lighting designer, highlights eight students’ designs.

The showcase will be presented virtually. Pre-registration is required. Registrants will receive an event link via email.

Linfield students, faculty and staff may register for individual performances:

Non-Linfield community members may register here for either performance.

Linfield adjunct dance professor and director of the showcase Eve Brindis says she’s proud of the participants for putting in over 100 hours of work and adjusting to performing without a crowd. 

“This is a huge adjustment for performers,” Brindis said. “Generally, performers feed off of the audience’s energy to fuel their performance, so this year performers had to create that energy for themselves. Watching the showcase online will give it a more story-telling and up-close look of the choreography and dancers which is something new as generally the audience’s view is the whole stage at once.” 

This is the program’s first performance since 2019. Each choreographer developed their dance routine early in the fall semester and the dancers have been practicing since rehearsals began in January.

Senior Hannah Curry is assistant directing the showcase, along with fellow senior Mara Youngren-Brown. Curry, who has been in the program since fall 2018, is grateful for the department’s support in making their vision become a reality. 

“Our director, Eve Brindis, really emphasized that she wanted this show to be student-run,” Curry said. “She has been an incredible support system and she truly does it all. One of the incredible perks about going to Linfield is getting the opportunities to work closely with faculty to be a part of something so special.”

Curry also had the opportunity to choreograph two pieces in the show, in musical theatre and modern dance.

“I figured since it’s my senior year and last chance to choreograph, I wanted to showcase two of my very different choreography styles,” she said.

A professional dance film company, Fortem Films, was hired to film and produce the show. For updates and more information, check out @linfielddance on Instagram or visit the Department of Music’s webpage under upcoming events.