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Modern Dance Showcased at St. Pete

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by Ashley Lopez

St Petersburg College Repertory and CoMotion Dance Theater presented a 6 piece performance concert, starting on November 15, in the auditorium of the Clearwater campus.

Opening night was shown to be an excellent beginning. The opening performance was a new style in music for the contemporary modern dance company: an instrumental version of the new hip-hop song Clique by Jay-Z and Kayne West with dances choreographed by Brian Dean Fidalgo. The movements all had accents to this up beat rhythm. Closing out the first half of the show was a piece called Dark Corners which was choreographed by the director of the CoMotion Dance company, Nancy Feagans Smith. This modern piece showed many partner segments, as well as extensive floor-work, showing the dancers’ technical talents.

After a 10-minute intermission, the opening piece, Unreal, had a unique display of a black frame in the middle of the stage where the four dancers performed a solo showcase. The side ladder also put an interesting angle to the performance which was choreographed by a former student of the Performance Arts Center at Gibbs High School, Charlotte Johnson-Berry.

CoMotion Dance company’s performances closed with good old-fashioned modern dance piece, choreographed by Sadie Lemaker with music by Pentaphobe. This piece was the best way to end the concert, showcasing the dancers’ technical passion for dance. With very simple and lighting at a bare minimum, the piece embodied the best of the world of modern dance.

CoMotion Dance Repertory and Theater Company showcase twice a year,one in the fall and another in the spring, and average 6 to 8 pieces in a concert. Each dancer takes technical classes as well as performance classes, where they have the privilege to learn from different choreographers in the Tampa Bay area, as well as the directors Nancy Feagans Smith and Cynthia Hennessy. Even though the company’s main specialty is modern dance, the performances of dance are explored. Be on the look-out for next year’s performance!

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