Choreoproject features creativity, teamwork

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Senior Marissa Rouse demonstrates an aerial dance move. Senior Marissa Rouse demonstrates an aerial dance move.

GALLOWAY – The Absegami High School dance program will hold its 10th Choreoproject 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 in the Performing Arts Center, 201 S. Wrangleboro Road.

Choreoproject consists of dance compositions created and developed by the students of the Absegami dance program.

It all begins in the classroom where students learn about the elements of dance composition and form.

Dance teacher Lisa Zeuner facilitates the students’ creative ideas into dance-making through structural problem-solving exercises and theme exploration.

In this years’ Choreoproject 10, students will present dances inspired by poetry.

The students chose poems they could connect to and communicate to their community.

The dance styles that will be performed range from contemporary to lyrical and jazz. Auditions were held, and then eight additional works were chosen from the Absegami community for the performance.

“The performance highlights the students’ creative development and emphasizes the importance of the dance making process,” Zeuner said. “The student-based performance demonstrates the students’ creative ideas, dedication, cognitive development and how it transforms into the final product, the dance art.”

Junior Angelie Tolentino, a third-year dance student, said Choreoproject is the highlight of the beginning of the school year.

“I still get excited to start being innovative and create a piece of art with my friends,” she said. “The whole process of Choreoproject improves my dancing and creates memories that I will definitely miss.”

Senior Marissa Rouse also stressed the sense of teamwork.

“Choreoproject is an amazing experience where I can fully express my creativity,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity to develop dances with friends while having fun at the same time. It’s going to be a great show so come out and watch to support Absegami dance.”

Tickets are $10, $8 for students and seniors, and can be purchased before the show or from Absegami dance students.

All proceeds benefit the Absegami dance program. Money from concessions sold by the Absegami Dance Parents Booster Club will be used to purchase supplies for the upcoming Flowmotion 2013 performance.

Junior Angelie Tolentino leaps through the air. Junior Angelie Tolentino leaps through the air.

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