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Senior dance concert will be the last in the old building

Just as the university’s football players recently played their last home game in Amon G. Carter Stadium before its renovation, students in the dance department will be performing for the last time in their current space on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The show, called “The Dance Studio,” will be a showcase of projects by 15 seniors in a choreography class. Each senior has created an entirely new dance work to be presented in a fully-produced concert, Elizabeth Gillaspy, associate professor of ballet, said.

Senior ballet major Brie Lowry choreographed her original ballet piece throughout the semester. It is complete with lighting, six dancers and costumes she made herself, she said. Her piece is called “Commu-nique,” and she said she spent six months developing the idea to make it a reality.

“I’m beyond excited,” Lowry said. “It’s going to be really nice to finally put this whole thing together and to see everyone else’s work.”

The entire Ballet & Modern Dance Building will undergo renovation this spring, including Studio B, which is where the production will take place.

Gillaspy said Studio B will be equipped with improved theatrical elements following the renovation.

In its current state, Studio B converts into a small performance space, complete with lighting and curtains. The renovation will make Studio B better equipped to stage more complex performances with relative ease.

Although the space will be upgraded for future classes, Lowry said she was honored to perform in the current studio one last time.

“This is the original Rec Center for the TCU campus from the “20s, so this building has a lot of history,” she said.

“The Dance Studio”

What: Senior choreography concert

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday

Where: Studio B of Ballet and Modern Dance Building

Cost: Free. Seating is first come, first served.

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