Let’s dance! Auditions upcoming for fall concert

The Richland Dance Department will hold auditions for its fall dance concert, “Take a Walk on the Wild Side!” from noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 31 in Guadalupe Hall, Studio G027.

Kyra McCarty and dancers perform in “Utopia.” This semester’s concert will be “Take a Walk on the Wild Side.” 

Kyra McCarty and dancers perform in “Utopia.” This semester’s concert will be “Take a Walk on the Wild Side.” 

“What we’re looking for are dancers who have a passion to perform,” said Dance Chair Gina Sawyer. “Everyone needs to come on out. Bring a friend. Expect to have a good time and expect to learn something new.”  Dancers will gain new skills, learn to think on their feet and experience an audition, she added.

“It’s an experience, an important skill for performing artists, whether in music, vocal, acting or dance,” Sawyer said.  She expects the auditions to be “fun, high energy and a blast.”

Sawyer said the auditions are, for her, one of the high points of each semester. She expects those auditioning to come as early as possible. There are likely to be a lot of dancers and they will need to fill out audition forms.  Dancers don’t need to have special dance shoes, but if they tap, they may bring their tap shoes to the audition.

“We’re teaching several different combinations in a variety of genres, including contemporary, hip-hop and tap as well,” Sawyer said.  She encourages dancers to stay for about two hours.

Sawyer said that everyone will be cast in the concert. Students who show skill in a particular dance style will be cast in special pieces according to their skill.

Students perform during last spring’s concert “Utopia” in Fannin Hall. The fall dance concert auditions are set for Aug. 31.

Students perform during last spring’s concert “Utopia” in Fannin Hall. The fall dance concert auditions are set for Aug. 31.

“For the first time, we have some elite pieces with the [Richland] company,” she said.

Kaley Jenson, the featured guest artist, will also be at the auditions, Sawyer said. Jenson is a native of Atlanta, Ga. who attended Brigham Young University. She majored in dance and minored in business.  Jenson performed and toured with the Theater Ballet Company during her time at BYU. In May of this year, she completed her Master of Fine Arts in dance at the University of Arizona, where she excelled in performance, education and choreography.

Jenson moved to Dallas with her husband after graduation. She enjoys teaching and freelancing as a performing artist with such companies as Contemporary Ballet Dallas, Collin County Ballet Theater and Chamberlain Performing Arts.  Jenson currently dances professionally as a company member with Ballet North Texas.

Performances of the “Take a Walk on the Wild Side!” will be at 12:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 2 in the Fannin Performance Hall, F102.  Admission is free with open seating.  No reservations are required.