Arts Beat: Brown Bag Shows Serious Talent

October 2, 2008 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Johnny Brackett

As a junior at SMU I have been hearing about the Brown Bag Fall Dance Series for the past two years. Unfortunately, like many other students, the word of Brown Bag passing through campus went in one ear and out the other. This year changed that year. I decided it was time to check it out. I refuse to be the type of student who misses everything because I don’t want to take 50 minutes out of my day to see what my SMU? colleagues? have put together. Although what constitutes the difference between ballet and jazz is a mystery to me, that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the elegance and talent that the SMU dancers displayed at Brown Bag.?

As a inexperienced dance critic, I saw 13 dances. All of which were amazing to me. There was not a single dance performed at Brown Bag that I could say was horrible. Some were a little more tedious than others, but all of them displayed serious talent.

Out of these dances, I was most impressed by “Work” choreographed by Ken Bell. Bell and his team of dancers performed an? exhilarating? fast-paced routine that included leaps, lifts, jumps and twists. While Bell’s piece was being performed, I took a moment to glance around the audience. Everyone from SMU students and parents to visiting high school students had a smile on their face. I could see the energy of the dancers reflected in the viewers’ eyes. It was not only fun to watch, but the contagious energy of Bell and his dancers made me feel like I was up there strutting my stuff. The end of the dance brought no surprise: roaring applause from the audience.?

The moral of the story here is don’t let your ignorance of certain aspects on SMU campus keep you from experiencing them. Constantly, I hear people saying “I don’t want to go to that, I’m not a dancer. I won’t know what’s going on.” Well people, my question is: how will you ever rise above your ignorance if you don’t open up to new experiences? I feel a tiny bit more educated about dance now because of what I saw and experienced. I am all for learning new things. So the question is: are you??

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