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Serving the Fullerton Community Since 1922

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Faculty competition dances its way onto campus

The bi-annual Faculty Dance Concert is debuting their ninth season on Nov. 8 and 9 at 8 p.m. in the Fullerton College Theatre.

“We are based in the arts of dance making,” said Robin Conrad, Associate Professor of Dance.

“Through the medium of dance, we use it as a vehicle for expression.”

The campus will witness an excess of dance genres with performances ranging from contemporary to Middle-Eastern.

The other featured genres will include traditional styles like hip-hop, tap and jazz.

The faculty traditionally takes charge of the choreography of the show, but student choreographers have recently taken over.

The students are not only helping with the choreography, but have also began to participate in some of the performance pieces in the concert as well.

“Every semester now has 20-30 student pieces that audition for three spots in the concert. We select the most promising pieces that will round out the show,” said Conrad.

This year’s student choreographers have filled all three spots.

They have received instruction from Conrad and Dance Department Chair, Melanie Rosa.

A pressing challenge to this production has been the acquisition of funds.

The dance department’s limited funds is credited to its classification since it is a branch of physical education.

The production looks to different financial avenues and donations for their funding.

“In order to put on this concert, we were given a very generous gift from the fine arts department. The theatre to put on this concert was crucial,” said Conrad.

The Fullerton College Dance Day provides a way to raise funds. It is the main outreach tool for local high schools and college students to come and take classes with the faculty and they get to see a preview of the concert.

The Dance Day will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 11 a.m.

“We have to outsource all of our designers, lighting, costuming and even technical directors,” said Rosa. “However, the toil is easily outweighed by all the benefits the students receive from the program.”

Tickets are $15 for the general admission and $10 for students.

Tickets are sold at the FC Campus Theatre Box Office. For more information please call the box office at (714) 992-7150.


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