Students present original pieces during lunchtime recital

Students and faculty were able to eat their lunches while watching dancers perform in a student choreography showcase Monday.Brown Bag Dance is sponsored by the dance honor society, Chi Tau Epsilon, and is produced entirely by students.

The informal dance recital is open to all dance majors and happens once every semester. The hour-long performance is open to all students and faculty.

Dance faculty members were not required to attend but many lined the first two rows to show their support, said Allie Stevens, a modern dance major and choreographer for the show.

Studio B in the Ballet Building was filled with students watching pointe, ballet, modern, hip-hop and color guard pieces. Dances performed were solo and group pieces, while other dances had props that included mirrors, flags and chairs.

Two of the pieces will be performed at the American College Dance Festival on campus next week.

“This is a great opportunity for dancers to gain experience in choreography and perform different types of dances,” said Petrina Arneson, a junior ballet major and Chi Tau Epsilon vice president.

Students signed up to choreograph pieces in the show last semester but actual practices did not begin until this semester, Stevens said.

“I like being a part of Brown Bag Dance because there are no limitations,” Stevens said. “In choreography classes, there’s rules you have to follow and here, it’s whatever you want.”

Stevens has been a participant in several past Brown Bag Dances, and her choreography is used in one of the two pieces selected to perform at the American College Dance Festival.

Some of the pieces in Brown Bag Dance are also part of the senior project show, but Brown Bag Dance is not limited to senior choreographers.

“Seniors have the opportunity to showcase their choreography at the end of the semester, but this allows underclassmen to get involved also,” said Alicia McConnell, a junior ballet major.

Sophomores Nicole Dalier and Curtis Green performed a hip-hop dance to a popular Justin Timberlake song for the finale.

“I really enjoyed the show,” Jordan Chafin, a junior communication studies major, said. “It was nice to see the dancers in a casual setting doing what they love.