May 30, 2022 – “Room to Dance” will include a special ballet bonus staged by Guest Artist Christopher Alloways-Ramsey when Dance Theatre of Santa Fe’s annual student-choreographed, student-produced show returns for live public performances for the first time in three years at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 10-11, 2022, in the Jackson N. Sasser Fine Arts Hall at the Northwest Campus of Santa Fe College (SF). Question-and-answer sessions with the students will follow both performances.
Tickets are $15 for adults; $9 for seniors, students, military service members and children 12 and under; and free for SF students, faculty and staff with college ID cards. Tickets are available from the Fine Arts Hall Box Office at 352-395-4181 or online from Showpass at showpass.com/room-to-dance/.
“You will find something you like at these performances, from ballet to hip-hop to contemporary dance!” exclaimed Room to Dance Director Melissa Brenner. “There are 23 dancers in the ensemble, six student choreographers and four senior soloists. The special bonus is that Guest Artist Christopher Alloways-Ramsey is setting two variations of dances from the classical ballet ‘Giselle,’ the ‘Peasant Pas de Deux’ and ‘Myrtha,’ and our new ballet instructor, Jessie Dominguez Reyes, is learning those dances along with our students and will be rehearsing with our students up until show time.” Alloways-Ramsey is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Utah who has performed with Boston Ballet and Cincinnati Ballet. Dominguez Reyes is a former principal dancer with the National Ballet of Cuba and Gainesville’s Dance Alive National Ballet.
Students in SF’s new Associate in Science program in Technical Theatre are working alongside their professors as lighting designers, stage managers, and in scenic and prop design—also called stagecraft—for “Room to Dance.”
“The students are thrilled to be dancing on stage after the last two years of virtual performances,” Brenner said. “All their dances are different and reflect the choreographers’ personalities and diverse backgrounds. They’re looking forward to the Q&A sessions with the audiences as opportunities to practice communicating about their creative concepts and processes. Those are some of the real-world skills we help them to develop whether they go on to dance professionally or work in other fields.”
For more information about “Room to Dance,” call Brenner at 352-395-4188.
“Room to Dance” is organized and sponsored by the Santa Fe College Fine Arts and Entertainment Technology Department. For ticket information, call the SF Box Office at 352-395-4181.