CCDC dances to success in fall showcase

Colleen Roach, Staff Writer

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Columbia College Dance Company hosted its Fall Choreographer’s Showcase in Cottingham Theater Nov. 11 and 12.

Each year, CCDC performs two choreographer’s showcases, one in the fall and one in the spring. Each dance is choreographed by a Columbia College student in CCDC and performed by other dancers in the company. The pieces performed have been given favorable reviews by audience members at To-Go Shows, which occur during the semester before the showcase. The next To-Go Show will be in the Godbold dance studio in spring 2017.

The choreographers who presented pieces this semester were C.J. Anderson, junior dance education and communication studies double major; Jordan Boxley, senior dance studies major; Erica Cooper, senior dance and community arts double major; Briana Davidson, junior dance education major; Starlitt Miller, junior dance studies major; Katie Potter, junior biochemistry major; Shelsey Stuppard, senior dance and psychology double major; and Meredith Yuhas, junior dance studies major.

“I loved all the pieces performed at the showcase,” Chelsea Vogleson, junior speech language pathology major, said.

Ten pieces were performed; each was unique and contained a personal message to the choreographer; the pieces also displayed the talents of the dancers who performed. The pieces, in order of performance, were Permission for Honesty by Meredith Yuhas and dancers, Emergence of Pride by Shelsey Stuppard, GYF by Starlitt Miller and performers, Here (Hear) by Meredith Yuhas in collaboration with Ashley French, UN- by Katie Potter, Wisp by CJ Anderson, Sweet Nectar by Erica Cooper, Introverted Ears by Jordan Boxley, In Essence by CJ Anderson and Uhuru by Briana Davidson.

“One of my favorites was Uhuru, choreographed by Briana Davidson, because of the significance of the meaning behind the performance,” Vogleson said. “The way that I interpreted it was that it was a progression piece, focusing on the oppression of African-Americans over the years.”

“I thought that Uhuru was phenomenal. I loved Destiny Smith’s singing, and I liked that almost all of the dancers were featured in it,” Ellie Hayes, sophomore communication studies major, said.

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