Dance department prepares for big semester
As students bustle to and from class at the Center for the Arts, the building will come alive with music and the movement of dancers.
This fall, the Towson Dance department has a lot to be excited for as their upcoming season, Administrative Assistant in the Dance department Sidney Pink said.
Pink said the department will start the fall season with its annual “Inertia” event.
“This is something that’s been going on a while,” Pink said. “[‘Inertia’] is open to dance faculty, dance students as well as alumni. It’s a chance for everyone in our community to come together and share current work that they are creating.”
“Inertia” will start Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Another returning event is “Ailey II,” which is scheduled for Sept. 15, Pink said.
“’Ailey II’ is coming for the second time so that’s a relationship that’s fairly new and we’re continuing to nurture,” he said.
Pink added that although “Ailey II” is returning, they are also bringing a new program with them to the stage.
“In addition to something what they are presenting here at Towson they are also doing workshops with our students and also some student from the community, students from the Baltimore County school system as well as Baltimore City,” he said.
Senior dance performance major Thomas Moore said he is excited for “Ailey II” to return. Not only are the “Ailey II” performers talented, he said, but they conduct do a lot of outreach with the surrounding community.
“They’re so inspirational,” Moore said. “They train all day and then go out and perform at night.”
Moore also added that the Towson dance company, which is open for auditions for dance performance majors, will return again this season. The company will perform pieces such as pieces as “Taquita” and “Syncopated Souls.”
In terms of showcasing different cultural forms of dance, Pink said this fall a guest artist named Barbara Suporitz is coming in to offer an Israeli folkdance workshop. In addition, there will also be a performance of Japanese folklore, “Kuromori Kagura” performed by Iwate Perfecture.
“There’s a new event in Baltimore City this season called Akimbo which is a dance festival in Baltimore,” he said “Some of the faculty here at Towson will be presenting their work as part of their companies. There will also be current Towson students performing at this event as well as a ton of other professional dance companies from the city and the region that will be performing at this event.”
Akimbo will feature over 60 different artists and dancers and will be held Sept. 15.