Dance Concert April 19 and 20 Showcases Original Work by Seniors

Because We Are, Mount Holyoke’s Senior Dance Concert, is set for April 19 and 20 at 8 pm in the Studio Theatre of Kendall Sports and Dance Complex. This annual evening of student work will feature performances and original choreography by graduating seniors.

The program includes five ensemble pieces and two solos in a range of styles, from classical modern to tap and hip-hop. Lauren Wolter ’13 will perform the solo piece Life of the Party, set to the song of the same name by Idina Menzel and choreographed by Debra Vega, visiting artist in musical theatre. Jennifer Passios ’13 will perform Feeling Good, a solo set to music by Nina Simone and choreographed by dancer/choreographer Jeffrey Polston.

The group works include Almost Alice by Olivia Jane Lee ’13, which features a 14-member cast dancing to an arrangement of popular songs and text from two Alice in Wonderland films. Intensely Fragile, by Mollie Frederiksen ’13, is set to music by Philip Glass, Florence and the Machine, and Michael Nyman. Mount Holyoke students will perform Korinna G. MacNeill ’13’s End of the Beginning along with students from Holyoke’s Peck Middle School. Letters, choreographed by Canace Morgan ’13, features live singing by Morgan and explores the themes of hope and hopelessness. The “communal experience [of] finding and refinding ourselves with the group” is at the heart of Perpetually by Chelsea White ’13, a modern work set to music of Balmorhea, Apparat, and Federico Mompou.

Two students from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Kaitlyn Burdick and Esther Carver, will join the Mount Holyoke dancers for the evening.

Tickets are $5 general admission and $3 children, students, and seniors. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 413-538-2848 or by emailing