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Student choreography highlight of IU Northwest's Festival of Dance

Apr. 16, 2014

Megan Lindsay remembers her days in the Indiana University Northwest Dance Company when she was a student at the campus between 1996 and 1998.


Members of the Indiana University Northwest Dance Company are currently rehearsing for the upcoming Festival of Dance on April 24-27. Pictured here are Dianna Deleon, Brittany Dilloway, Jessica Gutierrez, Mikaila Lomax, Samantha Moore, Rosaida Rosado, Sarah Tallos and Michelle Velez as they perform Stranger in a Strange Land, choreographed by IU Northwest Dance Company Director Megan Lindsay. | PHOTO COURTESY OF IU NORTHWEST

In 2005, she came full circle as director of the company, creating an annual Festival of Dance to incorporate student involvement and support student choreography.

This year’s festival opens at 7:30 p.m. April 24. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m., April 24, 25 and 26 and 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 27, all at Theatre Northwest on Grant, 3660 Grant St.

The 10 dances performed represent a diverse range of styles that include African dance, hip-hop, jazz, tap and modern pieces. There will also be some reinterpretations of classic dance pieces.

 “Over the years we have had guest artists come in to work with the dancers,” Lindsay told Inside IU. “This year’s festival is exciting because three talented student choreographers have created five different dances."

“Akwaaba!" is a spirited African dance created by student Rosaida Rosada, and features live drumming accompaniment by IU Northwest dance students. Brittany Dilloway choreographed two contemporary dances: one is about the Holocaust victims in a concentration camp, and the other focuses on the complexities of romantic relationships. Samantha Moore choreographed an intense hip-hop featuring a variety of hip-hop styles and music. Moore is also performing a solo in an R&B hip-hop style.

“In total, we have 19 IU Northwest students performing in the show, and 10 lighting design students from Professor Kathy Arfken's technical theater class who have been teamed up with a choreographer to create the lighting design concept for that dance. It is truly a collaborative show on every level,” she said.

Participation in the IU Northwest Dance Company is open to adults 18 years of age and up. IU Northwest students regardless of their academic major are invited to participate in auditions as well as dancers of every skill level from the general community. Beginners are welcome.

Tickets are $10 and advance reservations are strongly recommended. For information, or to reserve your seat, call 219-980-6808.

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