Student choreographers kept on toes for WT fall dance concert
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By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer
Senior dancers will showcase their own choreography in a dance performance at West Texas A&M University.
Falling Into Dance, which opens Thursday for three performances, will feature nine solo and group performances choreographed by five seniors — Austin Pond, Chris Flores, Alexandra Martinets, Kimberly Valles and Mateus Barbosa da Silva.
Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the Happy State Bank Studio Theatre in WT's Sybil B. Harrington Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and free for WT students, faculty and staff. Call 806-651-2804.
"The choreography direction is by the students, the lighting design, the costume design — all conducted by the students," said dance instructor Crystal Bertrand. "They do amazing work. It has just been a delight to see their growth not just as dancers but also as choreographers."
Such cross-training is crucial, Bertrand said.
"It gives them all of the elements they need to work in the future," she said. "And some of them find out that they really enjoy choreography. It's a good time for them to discover their own unique style."