The classics of art evolve

Nov 8, 2012 was the first of three consecutive nights in the Ragan Theater where audiences were mesmerized. These nights were dedicated to Imagination, Creativity and Innovation by UVU’s School of the Arts, eloquently executed by the School of the Arts Dance Departments Repertory Ballet Ensemble.

The dancers had finesse, poise and grace, having learned and continually in the process of learning to master their positions. Expectations were surpassed as the company used a variety of dance forms to transfer feelings into visual meanings.

Mark Borchelt, Co-Artistic Director for the production, between the second and third sets had made comments regarding evolution of the arts, specifically dance.

“The classics are the foundation of every step,” Borchelt said. “But everything evolves with the needs of the time.”

Addressing the concerns of those who have had a hard time seeing the importance of dance programs, Borchelt suggested that their practicality is overwhelming. Borchelt gave praise to Joni Tuttle, an Alumni who choreographed the second arrangement Off Beat. According to Borchelt she is an example because of her enthusiasm towards dance and she has opportunities open to her that could progress her life financially.

“She graduated from our program, now she is teaching,” Borchelt said. “ It’s a cycle that meets the demands of the career [and life-style.]”

When a production is put together correctly emotions of the audiences should be stirred in some way if the audience is open to the experience. Making comparisons between each routine Minkyung Jin, Junior of General Academics, felt moved by the performances.

“The music and lighting went together so well,” Jin said. “I could feel their passion because of how well they were able to put things together.”

According to Jin her favorite number was Off Beat choreographed by Tuttle.

“There were so many dynamics in that piece, this really was a moving experience,” Jin said.

The dancers had finesse, poise and grace, having learned and continually in the process of learning to master their positions. Expectations were surpassed as the company used a variety of dance forms to transfer feelings into visual meanings.

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