A show of original choreography will grace the stage of the Williston Theatre at 18 Payson Avenue on Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, when the Dance Ensemble presents its spring concert, Beyond the Beat, at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $5. Children 12 and under get in free, as do Williston students, faculty, and staff.
The concert will present of an array of 11 new dances choreographed by students, faculty, and guest artists. Guest artist and Smith College alumna Michelle Marroquin has set a new modern piece for the ensemble. Williston’s Costume Designer, Ilene Goldstein, has choreographed a new piece in the style of Scottish country dance, and Dance Program Director Laurel Raffeto has set a new modern/jazz fusion dance to an upbeat piece of music with swing era influences.
Student choreographers Mika Chmielewski, Brittany Collins, Pankti Dalal, Victoria Durocher, Dale McGraw, Anuska Sarkar, Bruna Tarraf, Madeline Wise, and Annie Zheng will present pieces set to musical choices ranging from Marilyn Manson to Justin Bieber to G.F. Handel. The show will also feature a special solo presentation by ninth grader Tory Kolbjornsen.
The ensemble members are: Davin Aberle, Mika Chmielewski, Brittany Collins, Pankti Dalal, Victoria Durocher, Emma Hing, Sarah Hubbard, Dale McGraw, Keely Quirk, Anuska Sarkar, Bruna Tarraf, Calvin Ticknor-Swanson, Victoria Vazquez, Madeline Wise, and Annie Zheng.