Event Title

Two Within One

Faculty Mentor

Emily Morgan, M.F.A.

College

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department

Department of Theatre and Dance

Location

Barnes Recital Hall

Start Date

20-4-2018 3:22 PM

Description

Two Within One is a blend of the contemporary and jazz genres of dance. My dancers were extremely willing to experiment with me, and even though they come from completely different dance backgrounds, they performed this piece successfully. I found my inspiration for this dance by simply doing movement that I enjoy (contemporary- and jazz-based), and that would also compliment my dancers. A goal of mine throughout this process was to achieve this blend of two different genres, and have them work together well. My choreographic process is very much about my dancers, what they feel comfortable doing, and how I can compliment their movement style through my own. There is a large amount of partner work within this piece, and it took a while to figure out exactly what I wanted. The moments where my dancers acknowledge each other and have partner work were the most challenging parts of this process. This is because I wanted the transitions and partner work to flow, and not have awkward pauses. Timing was a huge focus of mine in this dance, since the music was composed specifically for my piece, which is a rare opportunity. My movement was also inspired by the music, because it helped me direct my energy, and had the overall vibe and feel of the piece.

Previously Presented/Performed?

Senior Choreography Showcase, Winthrop University, December 2017; American College Dance Association Conference, Southeast Region, March 2018

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Apr 20th, 3:22 PM

Two Within One

Barnes Recital Hall

Two Within One is a blend of the contemporary and jazz genres of dance. My dancers were extremely willing to experiment with me, and even though they come from completely different dance backgrounds, they performed this piece successfully. I found my inspiration for this dance by simply doing movement that I enjoy (contemporary- and jazz-based), and that would also compliment my dancers. A goal of mine throughout this process was to achieve this blend of two different genres, and have them work together well. My choreographic process is very much about my dancers, what they feel comfortable doing, and how I can compliment their movement style through my own. There is a large amount of partner work within this piece, and it took a while to figure out exactly what I wanted. The moments where my dancers acknowledge each other and have partner work were the most challenging parts of this process. This is because I wanted the transitions and partner work to flow, and not have awkward pauses. Timing was a huge focus of mine in this dance, since the music was composed specifically for my piece, which is a rare opportunity. My movement was also inspired by the music, because it helped me direct my energy, and had the overall vibe and feel of the piece.