MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University students enrolled in either ballet II, modern or advanced dance technique classes will perform on Friday, April 29. The event will be held at 5 p.m. in room 130 of the PEIF. The public is invited to attend free of charge.
Several styles of dance will be incorporated into the program. It features 53 dancers and is under the direction of Deborah Choszczyk of the health, physical education and recreation department at NMU.
The ballet II class will perform a short group ballet piece followed by dances that some of the students choreographed on their own portraying what ballet or dance means to them. The modern class will also dance as a group, followed by student-choreographed pieces. The advanced dance technique class, which is home to the NMU Dance Company, will display ballet, pointe, swing, modern, Scottish Country, Highland and ancient Egyptian dances.
“They had a choice between taking the final exam and giving a performance, and this is what they voted on,” said Choszczyk. “I give each of my classes this option; some performances in the past have been off campus and have served as community service projects.”
A silent auction will be conducted during the show as the dance students’ final fundraiser for the year. Guests are welcome to view the items as early as 4:30 p.m.