Dance Theatre of Santa Fe Presents Elements of Style, Feb. 24 and 25

Santa Fe College’s award-winning Dance Theatre of Santa Fe will present its annual dance concert, Elements of Style, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24 and 25, in the Fine Arts Hall, 3000 NW 83rd St. 

“This concert is completely diverse and includes all different styles of dance,” said Professor Jessica Mayhew, who co-directs Dance Theatre of Santa Fe with Melissa Canto Brenner. “Contemporary ballet, classical ballet, jazz, modern. Some dances have two performers while others have more than 20.”

The concert features two historical works, a West African dancefeaturing SF and Univeristy of Florida dances with live drummers, many new pieces created by SF Dance faculty, and a new dance choreographed by guest artist Andy Noble of NobleMotion Dance.

Noble spent a week at as a guest artist at Santa Fe in December, when he created his work, Before the Barbed Wire, with a select group of dancers. The piece is provocative, edgy and raw, and it is sure to be memorable.

“The theme is about fighting for what you believe in and being prepared to stand your ground, and was inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protests last fall,” Mayhew explained. 

SF dance scholarship student Erika Murray has created a dance that “fits in nicely with Black History Month,” Mayhew said. “It’s very upbeat and textured, with a focus on African American culture and take on life.”

This year’s concert is dedicated to Christie Nguyen, 27, who died last month in the accidents on I-75. She danced for years with the company and was very close to members of the Dance program at Santa Fe. Her friends are contributing photos for a slideshow honoring her life and dance.

Elements of Style is Dance Theatre of Santa Fe’s most anticipated production of the season, known as a concert that both educates and entertains. It is popular with local dance fans because of its variety.

“I really think it’s going to be such a strong show. I’m excited, and I can’t wait to see it,” said Mayhew.

Tickets

Tickets are $15 general seating, $12 balcony, $9 seniors, children under 12, and UF students, and FREE for anyone with an SF ID. You may purchase your tickets online or by calling the SF Box Office at 352-395-4181.

For more information about the production, please call Professor Jessica Mayhew at 352-395-5296 or email jessica.mayhew@sfcollege.edu.

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