Dancers Kick Off Brown Bag

October 5, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By LaKeisha James
ljames@smu.edu

Meadows School of the Arts opened this year’s Brown Bag series, Oct. 4 in the Hope Lobby, celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Students, faculty and families gathered together in the spirit of community support to participate in the presentation.

The showcase selects students in the division of dance to choreograph and run the series. Sets feature lunchtime performances of 10-15 original short ballets, modern and jazz works. The series is primarily student produced with one faculty advisor.

“The show expresses intimacy and is a informal enjoyable experience,” said Jasmine White, a sophomore and one of the dancers from the series.

Eleven groups performed with a one to seven dancers in each group.

SMU dance students Christine Harris, Joshua D. Deininger, Rachel Trippett John Mingle, Jamal Jackson, Allison Leopold and Alex Nowlin, Landes Dixon, Amanda Owen, Tenley Dorrill, Claire Cuny and Ken Bell wore two hats; they choreographed the pieces they performed in as well.

All of the dances embodied unique crafts of dance interpretation. However, one piece choreographed by Jamal Jackson stood out the most, according to the audience’s reactions. “No Contact” showed great execution of body language and using all of the stage.

“No Contact piece had so much strength, I would have rather seen the dancers in red to bring out the dance, but over all I loved it” said Heather Guthrie, a dance coordinator in the Meadows.

Each dance has something different to offer, all expressing artistic and emotional pieces.

Some students, like SMU sophomore Kim Gardner, said they enjoyed the show more than previous years.

“This is my second year attending the Brown Bag series, I enjoyed this year show because I actually had friends in the pieces,” Gardner said.

Brown bag will continue this week on Wednesday and Friday at noon and Tuesday and Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

“Come and support the arts,” White said. “It’s free, fun and a great show.”