Briana S. Davidson
The Columbia College Dance Company presented their first To Go Show of the semester Oct. 10, 2017.
To Go Shows are the adjudication process for the dance department in which student choreographers are able to preview their choreography in front of an audience.
Choreographers introduce their piece, ask for specific feedback and immediately following the show participate in a feedback session designed to help them further develop their choreography.
Faculty, staff, students, parents and the community are welcome to attend the free shows and are encouraged to bring their lunch. These To Go Shows usually occur on Tuesdays at 12:30 in Godbold 205.
The first To Go Show featured choreography from CJ Anderson, Kimberlyn Myers, Kaitlyn Green, Demery Trantham and Uriah Huffman.
Attendees shared thoughts and reactions about this week’s show.
Trinity Powell, sophomore psychology major, shared why she enjoys attending the To Go Shows. “I like cheering my friends on, and it gives the audience a preview of the dancer’s art,” Powell said.
Kaitlyn Green, senior dance studies and English major, who submitted her first piece in the To Go Show, said she felt “vulnerable, excited and proud all at once.”
Deseree Hook, a junior dance studies major, offered a reason people should attend the To Go Shows. “The only way some of us get to use our voices is through our movement, and you get to witness it,” Hook said.
People should attend the shows, “to support CCDC, to expand on your knowledge of art, to express your thoughts in the feedback process and to learn more about the choreographic processes,” Ashley French, sophomore dance and behavioral science major said.
The To Go Show is opened by To Go Show producers, and prior to the show, the studio is transformed into a performance space where mirrors are covered and lighting is altered.
Immediately following the performances, a feedback session begins.
The feedback session that follows requires choreographers, performers, dance faculty and members of the audience to form a circle. Upon formation of the circle, the To Go Show producers, Lydia Ray, junior dance education major and Samantha Tucker, junior dance studies major, facilitate the discussion and keep the necessary time allotted for the choreographer’s feedback.
While not required, anyone is able to direct oral or written feedback to the choreographers.
Student choreographers Huffman, junior dance studies major, and Trantham sophomore dance education major, also shared thoughts on feedback they received from their collaboration at the To Go Show.
“The feedback from the To Go Show actually really helped with what Demery and I were looking for. We did not have many questions; we more so wanted to get the audience perception. We definitely plan to utilize our feedback,” Huffman said.
“The feedback we received in the To Go Show was some of what I expected, but it was valuable to how we will work on the piece moving forward,” Trantham said.