The Stockton Dance Showcase takes place at the Stockton College PAC in Pomona April 28-30.
POMONA — This Thursday, April 28, head over to Stockton College for the opening of the Stockton Dance Showcase, which runs through April 30, at 7:30pm each night.
Staged by the Stockton Dance Club, the event features a wide variety of choreographic works, which are created and performed by Stockton’s talented dance students.
Performances will be held at the Performing Arts Center’s Experimental Theater from April 28 to May 1.
“In the past, this event has been held in the dance studio,” said assistant professor of Dance Rain Ross.
“However, due to the growing interest in our talented group of dancers, we have moved the event to the Experimental Theatre for all to enjoy.”
Rachel Hill, a sophomore Dance Pre-Movement Therapy Major is the show’s producer.
"I'm excited for the showcase this year. It is a great opportunity for the dancers to grow as choreographers and a fun way to end the semester," said Hill, a resident of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
"It's also giving us more of a chance to be involved in the production side of the performances."
Ross also stated that the growth of Stockton’s dance department over the years has allowed current students to take on more responsibility within the program and put on unique productions.
“This show is choreographed, performed and produced by our students,” she says. ”It is a chance for Stockton’s dancers to show off what they do best. With a wide variety of dance styles, including modern, jazz, tap and theatrical dance, this show has something that everyone will enjoy.”
Tickets are $5; for more information visit stockton.edu/pac
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