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Dancers use front-page news to inspire

Dancers use front-page news to inspire
The Lookout

Jaimie Bozack
A&E Editor

LCC dancers will look to make front-page news by giving their take on front-page stories that have been written throughout history.

The “story telling” will take place during the annual formal spring dance concert Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9, at 8 p.m., as well as Sunday, April 10 at 2 p.m.

“Front Page News” will be performed in Dart Auditorium. There will be a suggested donation of $15 for adults, $10 for staff, seniors and alumni, and $5 for students.

The event will send audience members on a journey through time by telling stories through dance. These stories will include man’s first walk on the moon, Woodstock, 9/11, The Great Depression and more.

Lead dance faculty Vickie Diebold said dance styles include everything from tap, jazz, modern and ballet.

“I did research and it occurred it me how much newspaper articles influenced and transformed our lives,” Diebold said. “They still have stories every day in them that capture our imagination and shake the world up.”

Diebold said she hopes audience members walk away thinking about past events.

“I want to move people with the stories we are telling through our dances,” Diebold said. “We have some very fun and cheerful dances and then we have some dances that really make you stop and think.

“Hopefully people leave the show thinking about certain dances like 9/11, so history doesn’t repeat itself.”

Diebold said she hopes to have good crowds.

“I am hoping we have another really good audience this time,” Diebold said. “I think it’s going to be an awesome concert. It’s going to give a lot of people a lot of things to think about.”

Show participant Keenan Kangas has been a student at LCC since fall of 2013. Kangas said he has been dancing since he was young.

“The most rewarding part of dance is the feeling you get of letting go,” Kangas said. “When you are on the stage, you escape the real world even if it’s for a brief moment.”

Kangas said the concert will be moving and informative.

“I love the aspect of making dance out of events,” Kangas said. “It’s a very creative way to tell a story.

“There is one in particular that uses silence for half of the dance. This is very unconventional for a dance concert and it is very powerful to see movement without sound, letting the movement tell the story alone.”

Kangas encouraged people to come to the show.

“If you are a dance person come see a great show,” Kangas said. “If you aren’t a dance person I encourage you try something new. You never know what doors will open when you open up your mind and try something new.”

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