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My name is Olivia and I am a senior at Butler University. I spend most of my time in Lilly Hall as a BFA Dance Performance major. When not in rehearsal or ballet class, I write papers for my English Literature second major. In my super-abundant, never-lacking, this-is-highly-sarcastic spare time, I attempt to cook in my apartment kitchen, watch Youtube videos of ballet, knit sweaters that never seem to come to an end, and read books both silly and serious. If I could take any class at Butler just for kicks, I'd go for DiffyQ.

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Student Choreography. Like mad.

Student Choreography is over! I breathe a humongous sigh of relief. Free time is mine! (Sortofnotreally.)

More time to explore Butler's campus! (Except this picture was taken a few weeks ago, and now it's freezing and I wore two coats today.)

What is Student Choreography? The annual Student Choreography Showcase is a forum for student-choreographed, student-danced, and student-run works. There is always a Senior Showcase for those senior dance majors in the Choreography 3 class, but that is only for people in a certain class, and they have a lot of faculty guidance. Student Choreography is a bit like the baby birds being pushed out of the nest, except no one’s doing any pushing. We all jump.

Basically, dance majors choreograph pieces on their fellow students and show their work to any who care to come. The largest dance studio is converted into a theater, complete with a light plot, wings, mini-bleachers for the audience… the whole deal. The audience always overflows onto the floor, there are so many people, and this year was even more crowded than usual, since the two nights of shows actually featured different programs.

This is unusual, since normally there is one show that runs for two nights instead of the other way around. However, this year brought an unprecedented number of choreographers–I think the final tally was fifteen. Thus the splitting into two programs.

How was I involved? Freshman year: Light board operator. Sophomore: Danced in one piece. Junior: Danced in two pieces and choreographed my own.

The shows all went really well, and I’m very glad I participated. But. I am also very glad I have a few more hours to do homework each week, since the choreography and rehearsal process was as time-consuming as I thought it’d be… which is to say, very.

More on Student Choreography over the next few days. I’ve been a somewhat sporadic blogger, I know. Having class two nights a week plus study tables for physics another night kind of eliminates Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from blogging-available time. Many apologies, but that’s the way it is.

2 Responses to Student Choreography. Like mad.

  1. […] II; I am choreographing a solo to a short track of music–my second full work. (The first was Student Choreography.) I’m using the second section of Stravinsky’s “Three Pieces,” which starts […]

  2. […] to the Student Choreography report. I’ve told you what Student Choreography is and a bit about the music I used. Now to the […]

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