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The Lookout | December 19, 2018

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Dart Auditorium, prepare to get down

Dart Auditorium, prepare to get down

Sarah Spohn
A&E Editor

The LCC Performing Arts Department presents “Global Get Down” Friday through Sunday, April 10 to 12.

The annual spring dance concert showcases student talent in the form of both dancers and choreographers. This year’s program travels all around the world, bringing a diverse cultural collection of dances.

Everything from belly dancing to Bollywood-style will be on display as “Global Get Down” brings art forms from roughly 10 countries to a single stage.

Director and Lead Dance Faculty at LCC Vickie Diebold said while “Global Get Down” is an annual event, the theme differs from year to year. Last year’s theme was Kings & Queens, featuring music from the Queen of Soul: Aretha Franklin, and the King of Rock: Elvis Presley.

“The music is amazing this year,” Diebold said. “With all the different types of music, it’s different than anything we’ve ever done before.”

This year’s event went for a spin around the globe once or twice.

“We start in America and we end in America,” Diebold said. “Some of the countries we’re representing are Brazil, Ireland, Indonesia, France, Turkey, Africa, India, Mexico, Poland, and we have a Bohemian number.”

Adding specialized costumes, lighting effects and professional choreography, everything is coming together in time for the April showcase.

“We’ve used different music from the different cultures,” Diebold said. “We’re doing dances representative of those different ethnicities and cultures.”

Bringing together a world of cultures, costumes and dances was no last-minute task, however.

All 25 students performing went through auditions and were hand-chosen to be included in “Global Get Down.”

Dance students were told about the showcase in September and given two months to choreograph a dance for the program. They presented their dances at the showcase and just one was chosen.

“We have three alumni choreographers, five faculty choreographers and one student choreographer,” Diebold said, “so we have nine different choreographers that have come together.”

“Global Get Down” will take place Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. with an additional Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. in Dart Auditorium.

There is a suggested donation of $5 to $10 to benefit the LCC Dance Scholarship. For more information, call 517-483-1488.

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