Don’t Miss Western Desert Dance’s “Body of Work”



Western Desert Dance presents Body of Work, concert dance pieces choreographed by Western faculty, guest faculty, and students.

Body of Work by Western Desert Dance will continue this week on Friday, March 8th, and Saturday, March 9th, at 7:30PM with a matinee performance at 2PM on the 9th in Western’s Auditorium.

Western Desert Dance is a pre-professional company of fourteen dancers including seven students pursuing the AA degree in Dance (Entertainment Industry focus).

Student choreographers Dani Allred, Harry Crinklaw, and Rose Robertson have created dances to popular music, classic rock, and hard rock tunes. Allred’s dances, entitled “Good-Bad Dream” and “Oblivion,” utilize contemporary jazz dance styles. Crinklaw’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” explores the internal struggle of creative minds, identity, and public perceptions, as inspired by the late Freddie Mercury. Robertson’s “Rats” is inspired by historical research and embodies the choreographer’s unique style which features imagery from the Victorian era with a heavy metal music style.

Western dance faculty and Desert Dance Artistic Director Rebecca Frost Mayer has created dances that showcase the diversity of the dancers. The show opens with a musical theatre-style jazz dance to music from Steven Schwarz’s Pippin. Mayer closes the concert with a dance to music from the stage version of Billy Elliot (with music and lyrics by Elton John). Also created by Mayer are “Jazz in Time,” which explores the evolution of jazz dance in America throughout the twentieth century, and “Land of Enchantment,” a contemporary theatrical dance to a song recorded by Pink Floyd.

“Western Desert Dance celebrates all kinds of diversity including ethnic diversity, gender diversity, and especially body diversity. Our dancers each make a unique contribution to the world of dance. Many were born right here in Sweetwater County, and all display a Wyoming grit and work ethic that make our community proud,” says Mayer.

Rebecca Frost Mayer holds an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA from Boston University. Her professional credits as a director, choreographer, and performer span thirty years in locations including Boston, Portland, Richmond, and her hometown of Spirit Lake, Iowa. Now in her third year as Assistant Professor of Dance at the College, her Western credits include Promises, Promises (Choreographer), Nutcracker17 (Director/Choreographer), and Desert Dance Theatre 2017 (Director/Choreographer/Designer).

Please note that at these performances, latecomers will be seated in a special section at the back of the auditorium and will be allowed to take their assigned seats during intermission, in order to minimize distractions to performers and patrons. Families with children are welcome to attend the 2:00 pm matinee on Saturday. Tickets are $10 for general public, and $6 for students and seniors. Group rates may be available to dance teams and dance studio groups; please contact the Dance Department at 382-1651 for further information.

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