Monthly Archives: January 2021

Choreographer Spotlight: 2020-2021: Juliana’s Dance!

Juliana Balsewicz

How many years have you been in the company?

I have been in the company for 3 years.

How many years have you been choreographing?

This is my first year choreographing and I am so excited!

What is your piece about this year?

This year, my dance is about depression and our safety net (our loved ones and people) around us.

How have COVID-19 restrictions affected your choreography?

Well, I wanted to do a lot of throwing people in the air and lifting, but I could not do that due to COVID restrictions.

How does your choreography connect to our theme? “Moving together while being apart”?

Yes it does, but it’s a little different. It’s similar because people always move together but their feelings and emotions can get mixed up and move to a different pace than others.

Choreographer Spotlight 2020-2021: Eliza’s dance!

Eliza Crook

How many years have you been in the company?

I have been in the company for 3 years.

How many year have you been choreographing?

This is my second year choreographing.

What is your piece about this year?

This year my piece is about how we all have that one person in our life that picks up us when we are down and replace a frown with a smile

How have COVID-19 restrictions affected your choreography?

COVID-19 has played a huge role in my choreography this year. In my piece, I was really looking forward to exploring more weight sharing and partner work. With the new restrictions, I had to find a way to show the connection between two people without actual connection.

How does your choreography connect to our theme? “Moving together while being apart”?

My piece does connect to this years theme. The two dancers are moving forward together with there friendship without being able to physically be there for each other. Eye contact has become a huge part in my choreography. It is showing us that they still care for each other and are still there for each other without touching.

Choreographer Spotlight 2020-2021: Ella’s Piece!

Ella Dubiel

How many years have you been in the company?

This is my second year in the company.

How many years have you been choreographing?

This is my first year choreographing.

What is your dance about this year?

This year, my dance is based around the theme of simplicity amongst chaos. I find it important to look back on all that we have accomplished during the craziness of our day to day lives, and reflect on our experiences. 

How have COVID-19 restrictions affected your choreography? If any?

COVID-19 restrictions have definitely played a huge role in my choreography throughout my dance. Not being able to have the element of connection and touch in my piece has made it harder to convey the message of togetherness through rough circumstances, such as the past 10 months living with the pandemic. 

How does your choreography connect with our theme? “Moving together while being apart.”

Yes! Without being able to do partner work in my piece, I decided to present my theme as if each of my dancers are “living in their own world” so to speak, and having separate experiences that all have a common ground based off the theme of my dance. I expressed this through separate solo parts all throughout my dance, and matching the intensity of their movement to the musicality of my song choice.  

Choreographer Spotlight 2020-2021: Emily!

Emily Boyle

How many years have you been in the company?

I have been in the company for 6 years.

How many years have you been choreographing?

This is my 3rd year choreographing.

What is your dance about this year?

My dance this year is based off of the idea of  finding a safe haven through dance.

How have COVID-19 restrictions affected your choreography? If any?

Due to COVID-19 , it was hard choreographing without partner work.

How does your choreography connect with our theme? “Moving together while being apart.”

My dance connects to our theme because it’s expressing the idea of dance always being someone’s safe place . No matter how far apart we all are, we will always have dance to come back to when we need it most.