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Student-led Dance Ensemble Showcases Diverse Cultures, Techniques

For 30 years Davidson's Dance Ensemble has been a creative outlet for students, providing opportunities to perform as well as dance technique classes taught by local experts from the N.C. Dance Theatre and other professional venues.

Hundreds of Davidson students and community members attended the fall Dance Ensemble show Nov. 15-16 in Davidson's Duke Family Performance Hall. The entirely student-produced show featured dances from diverse cultures and choreographic genres, with more than 100 participants.

The show was the culmination of months of hard work by student choreographers and dancers, who met weekly for practice and planned all music, lighting and costuming.

The ensemble produces a student show each semester, and already is working on plans for the spring show.

Participation in Dance Ensemble is open to students of all dance backgrounds-from classically trained dancers to those who have never danced before-and students can choose to dance, choreograph or both. And because so many students choose to participate, the shows feature a wide range of dance styles and cultural influences. This year's show included dances in genres such as modern, pop, Mexican folkloric, Bollywood, step and more.

Through Dance Ensemble students hone existing skills and learn new skills, share their cultures, express themselves and get outside of their comfort zones in an encouraging, judgment-free environment.