Published: April 18, 2012
A Charleston in tap shoes. An “edgy” drum line. A visit to Cinderella’s ball. These are just a few of the performances scheduled for the Spring Dance Happening on April 25-28 at The University of Tampa. The show begins in the Reeves Theater, Vaughn Center at 8 p.m. and winds its way through campus to the East Verandah of Plant Hall.
Always a popular event on campus, the Dance Happening features popular music and student dancers from all sectors of the University community. Choreography features new work by UT students and alumni. Dance styles will include hip hop, Latin, modern, tap, lyrical and jazz, with more than 80 students participating.
“Sprezzatura,” choreographed by senior Sasha Kershbaum, is about the conflict between science and religion. Junior Lindsey Goldaper celebrates her interpretation of female fierceness, power and strength in “Manipulation.” Junior Patrick Justin, UT Dance Student of the Year, explores the classic timeless themes of love and heartbreak in his new work, “Ooh My My.”
“The Dance Happening is such an amazing experience for students at UT,” Justin said. “The student choreographers and performers rehearse for countless hours to create movement that encourages thought ... We include dancers of all levels of experience in our show and create a sense of family that is evident when the show is performed four nights in a row.”
Beginning in the Reeves Theater, a new venue for this event, offers more seating and better sightlines than previous indoor venues.