SUNY New Paltz Student Dance Concert Features Innovative and Original Choreography By Students and Faculty

NEW PALTZ, NY — The Department of Theatre Arts at SUNY New Paltz will present a Student Dance Concert, May 5, 6 and 7 in McKenna Theatre. Talented student dancers perform original choreography in tap, Irish step dancing, kickline, ballet, jazz, and modern dance.

Faculty members Diana Banks and Debra Noble are the coordinators of the Student Dance Concert. Due to her upcoming retirement, this will be Ms. Banks’ final concert as producer of the dance shows held in McKenna Theatre.

While theatrical lighting plays an important in all dance performances, lighting is an especially important component of the Student Dance Concert. Students in the advanced lighting courses work collaboratively with each of the choreographers under the tutelage of Lighting Designer John Wade. This collaboration is important to Diana Banks. “This type of collaboration makes the dancers more aware of the technique and artistry involved in lighting dance, and exposes the lighting students to another medium of performance.”

The Student Dance Concert is performed Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6 at 8pm. A matinee performance on Sunday, May 7 begins at 2pm. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available at the door, one hour prior to each performance. For additional information call 914-257-3880.

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