Senior dance concert scheduled for upcoming weekend

By Annie Hart, Reporter


Dancers rehearse for the LUXE: XIII Concert. (Photo by Annie Hart)

This year’s senior dance concert will feature performances on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Dubbed the “LUXE: XIII Concert,” with a run time of an hour and a half including intermission, the performance is set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre, with a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m.

The cost of tickets is $5 for children, $13 for seniors, and $15 for adults and students. They can be bought online through the Conservatory’s webpage or by calling the OBT box office at (540) 665-4569.


(Photo by Annie Hart)

Senior dance majors Christopher Saunders, Emma Shortall, and Danielle DelGross say that the LUXE: XIII Senior Dance Concert is filled with diversity, is an eclectic combination of styles, and is a great way to showcase their four years.

According to Tiffanie Carson, assistant professor of dance, this concert is “sentimental of the senior year” for these 13 graduating seniors.

The 11 works presented in the concert were all choreographed by senior Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) dance majors and are performed by dance majors of all years. These 11 senior dance majors went through a showcase and adjudication on their piece in the fall to get their work to the OBT stage.

All of the pieces are of different genres and styles of dance as there were no limits to the senior’s creativity. The choreographers came up with different ideas to portray their growth as individuals and choreographers over their years at Shenandoah.


(Photo by Annie Hart)

Christopher Saunders, a 22-year-old senior B.F.A. dance major said these pieces are a “journey in progress of what we’ve been through.” Saunders’ piece, “Mujeres,” is about “women empowerment,” he said, but firstly, “powerful feminism.”

Emma Shortall, another senior B.F.A. dance major, said that her inspiration came from watching the season finale of Game of Thrones.

Senior B.F.A. dance major Kelly Hobbs’s inspiration was a Bob Marley quote reading, “Love the life you live. Life the life you love.”

Hobbs said life is about “celebrating little moments” and wants to share that with her audience.

The LUXE: XIII Senior Dance Concert has “something for everyone,” according to Hobbs, because “nothing is the same as the one before.”

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