A Festival of choreography

May 29, 2018

Dance students concluded the 2017-18 academic year with performances of the Spring Dance Concert and the Senior Choreographic Workshop.

Senior dancers presented an encore performance of their original choreographic works during Festival 2018. The performance concluded with a poignant work choreographed by seniors Ashima Fillbach and Erin Rawlings and featuring each member of the graduating class.

On May 18, the Dance Division presented “Don Quixote with Janis and Joe,” their spring dance performance. The program featured excerpts from the two titular ballets, as well as original choreography by Instructor of Dance Matthew Lindstrom and dance students.

Janis and Joe is a rock ballet featuring the music of Janis Joplin and Joe Cocker, with choreography by Christopher Fleming. Instructor of Dance Justin Koertgen, who previously performed the work with the Dayton Ballet, served as repetiteur for the work. Excerpts included “Feelin’ Alright,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Summertime,” “With A Little Help From My Friends” and “The Letter.”

The spring dance program concluded with selections from Don Quixote, featuring Instructors of Dance Justin Koertgen and Matthew Lindstrom as the title character and his sidekick Sancho Panza, respectively. The Ludwig Minkus score was choreographed by Director of Dance Joseph Morrissey after the original choreography by Marius Petipa. Costumes were rented for the performance from the Louisville Ballet. An encore performance of “Don Quixote with Janis and Joe” was included in Festival 2018.