NEW BRITAIN - The performing arts connect communities, and with that in mind, the dance education program at Central Connecticut State University will be presenting “Connected,” the 2019 Spring Dance Concert, on Sunday, April 7, at 3 p.m.
According to Catherine Fellows, director of the dance education program, the Spring Dance Concert has been a CCSU tradition for over 42 years. The show on Sunday will be held at Welte Auditorium.
“We have multiple concerts throughout the year and we traditionally have our big spring concert,” Fellows said. “We are very excited this year because we have some outside guest performers and then we have our outside dance choreographers.”
The event will feature faculty choreographies and three student pieces selected by faculty.
“I firmly believe in sharing your art with the community, off campus, on campus, locally, regionally and sometimes even nationally,” Fellows said. “The purpose of this specific program is to bring people to our campus. Other times I’ve taken programs off campus into other venues and through conferences throughout the country and to the public high schools, so that the public schools continue to grow with dancing education. I am a big believer in one of my main philosophies, which is making sure all children and people are afforded the opportunity to have performing arts in their lives.”
According to Fellows, the program will be diverse and will include modern work influenced by dance pioneers such as Jose Limon.
“There’s a wonderfully exciting Afro-Caribbean piece choreographed by Stephen Hankey of Trinidad,” Fellows said. “In addition to the choreography being diverse, the program itself is diverse in dancing genres and style, such as modern, contemporary, ballet, Caribbean flair, American jazz. There’s something for everyone and some very beautifully connected to not only history, but also as we move forward into the future and of course, naturally, being connected to the students that are performing and guest performers as well.”
General admission is $15. Tickets for students and seniors with proper identification are $5. Children 10 and younger can enjoy the performance free of charge.
For more information on tickets, contact the CENtix Box Office on the CCSU campus by calling 860-832-1989. Online tickets are also available at ccsu.showare.com. Tickets also will be sold at the door.
Doors open at 2 p.m.
Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.