Moving through the semester: Dance on Campus displays collaborative student performances
A semester’s long project paid off; Dance on Campus displayed student talent in the Black Box Theater on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday, Nov. 24 at 2:00 p.m. Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies Diego Villada and professional dancer Leymis Wilmott are the masterminds that put this production together. Students in the Dance on Campus take classes in jazz and contemporary, as taught by Wilmott. The finished result demonstrates both of these styles.
The dance courses offered at New College are not always represented in the show, however. Villada and Wilmott offer dance opportunities in a variety of disciplines: jazz, ballet, and contemporary are just a few examples. The fall 2019 semester was the start of theater, dance and performance studies (TDPS) curriculum.
“TDPS offers students the opportunity to graduate with a degree from New College with an area of concentration that is a generalist education having taken classes and participated in performance classes of all types,” Villada said.
Students can participate in dance classes for their AOC or as part of their NCF experience without being in TDPS. Villada suggests that anybody with a general interest in music should not be afraid to explore the options available.
“Whether you have tons of experience or have never taken a single class in your life, we have something for everyone,” Villada said.