Loaded with a mixture of styles, WinterDance 2007 held a caliber of excellence with student dancers who performed as seasoned professionals. The event held Nov. 15 and 16 in the Saddleback College McKinney Theatre raised the bar from past performances.
Directed by Dorothy Anderson Garant, the show featured choreography from Garant as well as various Saddleback faculty and guest choreographer, Tim Stevenson.
Beginning with what seemed an unordinary crowd pleaser ended up being a subtle beauty. “Grace” was an interesting lyrical piece that set exact incremental moves to music. “February 6, 2004” was choreographed and performed by Marji Himes. This piece danced to the song, “I Know Where I’ve Been” from “Hairspray” was strong but didn’t leave an impact.
“Woven Hearts” combined dance and music in a creative way with Lauren Baba and Katie Coffey playing violin and singing to the music of Celtic Women. Student’s lyrical dance resembled a fairytale with dancers frolicking joyously across the stage. The piece was unique, simple, and pretty to watch.
“I Want to Be Ready” was a solo danced by Alexandra Miller. She added power to performance by fully interpreting the music even though the song was a bit repetitive.
“Let Your Feet Stomp” stood apart as a piece several audience members would not mind seeing twice. Combining tap, break dancing and stomp, this performance was in no way amateur. The routine included a tap train and energy filled solos by dancers who truly felt the music and allowed the audience to participate.
“Factory” was an entertaining hip hop piece that used “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” as a gimmick and contained music by Fergie and other artists. Each dancer was equally talented and kept together tight, fun choreography without missing a beat.
“Forever” was a nice solo incorporating point ballet in the piece. The music was innovative and the ballet by Nicolette O’Donnell gave a modernized twist to ballet.
“Bees Knees” was simply adorable. Adding vintage flare with 1920s flapper costumes and music of the era, this piece was a one of a kind with its Charleston and phenomenal tap. A particular part of the routine when the dancers used only the music of their tapping feet was amazing.
“No Exit” stood out due to its originality. Opening with solo poses that told the story of the ups and downs of love, this modern piece was exquisite. With intricate partnering, this piece was emotional and raw.
The show ended with “The Gathering,” a dance to the music of an old spiritual song. Movements coincided perfectly with the music, presenting a performance that was uplifting, pure and refreshing.
WinterDance 2007 was an amazing show to watch because it was easy to forget that the dancer was performing in the McKinney Theatre and not in the Performing Arts Center. Students danced to their best ability and served entertainment at its finest.