San Diego Mesa College Dance Company will present their fall dance concert “Visions in Movement” Nov. 3-5, with performances
in the Joan B. Kroc Theater each night at 7:30 p.m.
With almost 60 dancers performing in the 14 faculty choreographed pieces, the show
will highlight a variety of dance styles, to include hip hop, ballet, tap, jazz, musical
theater, modern and African fusion.
Dance Professor Aulani Chun choreographed a ballet piece for the show, set to Ottmar
Liebert’s guitar piece “Caballada.” She said that attending the performance is a great way to support the dance program
and that it can be inspiring for new dance students.
“Our students that take classes – ballet, tap, modern, hip hop, belly dance – I think
they like to see what might be possible, especially the beginners, what might be possible
for them to get involved,” Chun said.
Jasmyn Hamblin – a dance major who has been dancing at Mesa College for four years,
with 10 years of experience overall – is dancing in four pieces in the show.
One of the pieces, an African-contemporary fusion piece by guest choreographer Whitney Laurent from Malashock Dance, is helping Hamblin to learn what she calls a “grounded, funk and groove” dance
“It’s really cool to work with a guest choreographer because I’ve worked closely with
all of the alumni here, on and off, for the past four years, so it’s nice to have
the artwork of someone from an outside company,” she said.
For Hamblin, dancing on stage brings her art medium to life – and it is a way for
her to share the passion for dance with friends, family and the audience.
“It’s the feeling that you get on stage when you’ve worked really hard all semester…it’s
like an ‘awakening’ that you get onstage where you’re performing, and you’re there
with the audience watching and your fellow dancers onstage, there’s something really
magical about it,” Hamblin said.
Sara Fisher – who hopes to transfer to a four-year school to major in dance and music
therapy – started dancing as a child, but returned to dancing when she started at
Mesa four years ago. She is performing in a tap piece that is meant to inspire those
who watch it to vote in the presidential election on Nov. 8, and echoes Hamblin’s
sentiment of getting energized by performing.
“There’s a different kind of energy when you get to perform in front of people, after
you’ve practiced for so long, so hard,” Fisher said. “There’s an energy with the audience,
too, and they’re there to see you dance. It’s like a buzz.”
Pre-sale tickets are $12 from dance instructors on campus or via Brown Paper Tickets, or $15 at the door. For more information, contact Professor Aulani Chun via email
at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at (619) 388-2453.
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