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Students and faculty combine skill for final dance show

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Lauren Post

Staff Writer

The Department of Theatre and Dance will be showcasing new work from student- and faculty-led choreographers in its last production of the semester, “Works in Progress.”

The show will come in two parts, the first being a presentation of a proposal from Practicum II students to create a “Dancing with the Stars”-inspired event for the next school year.

“We’ll get all of our famous Troy superstars together, and we’ll pair them with dancers, and people will be allowed to vote,” said Dante Puleio, an assistant professor of contemporary dance and a choreographer for the show.

“We’re hoping that it will become an annual thing so that we can raise funds for the department and be able to send more students to (study dance abroad) in Italy every year.”

The charity event proposal will be explicated by Troy dance students attempting to mix the theater and dance department with other campus departments.

“The dance department is really working towards expanding our audience to reach more students,” said Taylor Randolph, a sophomore dance major from Huntsville.

She said the dance department is looking to show the importance of having an appreciation of the arts, regardless of major.

“I think it’s important for students not involved in the arts as a part of their study to be involved in them when they can,” Randolph said. “It’s such a powerful medium that can be used to express and communicate in ways that cross barriers.”

The annual charity event proposal has been choreographed entirely by students and lets them test their skills.

“I think the most exciting part of this is being able to interact with the community,” said A’lexus Crooms, a senior dance major from Meriden, Connecticut.

The second part of the show will highlight new choreography by Puleio, a member of the Troy Repertory Dance Company, and will conclude the evening with a variety of work from student choreographers.

“I am so humbled and excited to present the work,” Randolph said.

She is also a member of the Troy Repertory Dance Company and will have a featured solo in a premiering piece choreographed by Puleio.

Several pieces of the second part of the show will feature topics of concern in today’s society and will open the door for discussion among those who attend.

“Some pieces tackle issues that concern our generation, like social media, women empowerment and mental health,” Randolph said. “It’s a mix of everything you could want to see in a performance.”

“Works in Progress” is scheduled for Thursday, April 26, in Long Hall at 6 p.m. Admission is free and open to Troy students and the public.