Dancers to take a theatre in ‘Premium Blend’

November 15, 2017 - Supermoon

The University of Arizona School of Dance will perform a annual tumble presentation, “Premium Blend,” this Wednesday, Nov. 15, by Sunday, Nov. 19.

The opening will showcase several ballet and contemporary pieces during Stevie Eller Dance Theatre. 

Russell Ridgeway, a sophomore in a UA dance program, will perform in School of Dance visiting partner highbrow Autumn Eckman’s square patrician “Eckman Seasons.”

Ridgeway has been rehearsing with Eckman and 11 other dancers given Sep for 6 hours per week in credentials for a performance.

“I am so vehement to perform in [the show] since we consider it will be a good event to grow as an particular and as an artist,” Ridgeway said.

The School of Dance works with a garb of approximately 140 dancers and choreographers to emanate over 30 categorical theatre concerts per year, according to a UA School of Dance website. Ridgeway pronounced a dance shows are a “fun event for people to see us dance who wouldn’t otherwise.”

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The module puts equal concentration on 3 core dance styles: jazz, ballet and modern. However, “Premium Blend” focuses especially on ballet and contemporary work.

According to Ridgeway, a uncover will include of 4 pieces: “Tonadas,” “Bolero,” “Eckman Seasons” and “Meta4.” Two of these pieces, “Tonadas” and “Eckman Seasons,” were choreographed by UA faculty. 

“Tonadas” was combined by husband-and-wife group Jory Hancock and Melissa Lowe. 

Hancock is a executive of a School of Dance, and Lowe is a highbrow of dance and a executive of Student Services and Advising. Their square is a Pas De Deux, that is classically in a ballet character and achieved by a masculine and womanlike dancer.

“Eckman Seasons” consists of 3 parts: “Supermoon,” “Chicken Scratch” and a solo. Ridgeway is in a “Supermoon” section, that associate “Supermoon” dancer and tyro Paulsen pronounced represents open and consists of 6 male-female couples. Paulsen pronounced “Chicken Scratch” represents summer, and a solo, representing autumn, is achieved by Eckman herself.

Paulsen, a youth in a dance program, pronounced a “Supermoon” territory is really personalized to what any dancer can do as any chairman has their possess solo and duet.

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Originally an understudy, Paulsen was placed in a square after another dancer got harmed usually 3 weeks ago. In sequence to ready herself physically and mentally for a concert, she went to prohibited yoga to be in her best earthy figure for a opening and reviewed a square on her possess so her physique would know what to do on stage.

Eckman usually assimilated a UA School of Dance expertise this year and will entrance not usually her work though her technique and opening skills during “Premium Blend.”


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UA Dance Ensemble members DeQuan Lewis, Megan Garcia, Thomas Archey and Talia Hintermeister in Bella Lewitzky’s “Meta 4.” “Meta 4” is one of a pieces featured in “Premium Blend.”

 According to a School of Dance website, Eckman lerned during a Houston Ballet Academy and has professionally achieved “the works of some of a world’s heading contemporary, classical, complicated and jazz companies” with a accumulation of companies. She has knowledge directing and choreographing for Giordano Dance Chicago and has choreographed for many other companies and universities. 

Ridgeway pronounced he likes that “[the performers] kind of have a voice as to what goes on theatre since Autumn wants to see what looks good on a dancers and how they appreciate her movement.” 

Paulsen pronounced there are differences in this opening from others.

“It is opposite than many pieces we do during a U of A since Autumn doesn’t wish us to be hold in a viewpoint though wants us to be giveaway and fluent with a movement,” Paulsen said.

The other dual pieces featured in a show, “Bolero” and “Meta4,” are repertoire, definition they are classical and obvious pieces of work in a contemporary ballet category. “Bolero” was choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, a Russian American choreographer and ballet dancer. Hancock and Lowe worked together to approach and set this square on 8 dancers. 

“Meta4” is a contemporary square choreographed by acclaimed dancer and choreographer Bella Lewitzky. UA highbrow of dance Amy Ernst destined a execution of this square on dual casts of 4 dancers. 

Tickets to “Premium Blend” are $15 for students and $35 for adults. There will be 4 dusk shows during 7:30 p.m. Wednesday by Saturday and dual matinees during 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 


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