Campus Biz: Dance Association

By ARRIANNA TURNER

Jacqueline Luedtke, dance instructor at Mount Mary.

What do jazz, hip-hop, and African dance have in common? They are all dances taught at Mount Mary through its Dance Association. The Dance Association is led by Jacqueline Luedtke, who has been a dance instructor at Mount Mary since 2002.

“I have danced since I was a child; I went to college to become a math teacher – changed majors my sophomore year and have been dancing professionally and teaching dance from that point,” said Ludtke.

The Dance Association is a noncredit organization open to everyone, including students, faculty, alumni and staff. Those who join should like to participate in movement workshops, choreography and performance in an all-college dance concert.

In the Dance Association, many different types of dances are taught. Some include: modern, lyrical, jazz, ethnic, hip-hop, tap and more. The dance styles taught change each year, and depend on the backgrounds and interests of the dancers.

Instead of having one big group of dancers, the association splits up when needed. Large group dances are normally rehearsed on Mondays and Wednesdays. Small groups, solos, duets, trios, etc. rehearse at their own convenient times.

Classes that perform with the Dance Association are Modern Dance Technique & Dance Performance. Independent study is also offered for upper-class students.

The Dance Association’s informal fall show called “Winds of Change” is Friday December 9 from 12:15-12:45 p.m. Its spring show, called “Textures,” will be presented May 4 & 5, 2012 at 8 p.m. Both of the shows will be presented in the Global Little Theater, Caroline Hall gym.

If you are interested, you can join by attending one of the weekly rehearsals on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Ewens Fitness Center. You could also contact Jaqueline Luedtke at luedtkej@mtmary.edu or ext 325.

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