Oral Roberts University Dance Performance Department presents “Regeneration”

By Ally Powell ('13)

Regeneration danceOral Roberts University’s Dance Performance Department will present “Regeneration,” a dance ensemble, at 7:30 p.m. April 19-21 in Howard Auditorium. This ensemble will showcase contemporary dance with influences derived from ballet, modern, hip-hop and other styles.

"Regeneration" combines choreography created by both faculty and students. Around 40 students, ranging from freshmen to seniors, will be performing in the ensemble.

"I am very proud of our dance students for the time that they have sacrificed in the studio, both in their creating dance and in rehearsing their pieces," says Amy Roark-McIntosh, director of dance.

This performance is open to the public. Tickets are $5 for students and senior citizens. General admission is $10. Tickets may be purchased at the door, and cash only is requested.

Sophomore dance student Chelsea Niemuth choreographed the dance "... I overheard your thoughts." Niemuth created this dance in an intermediate choreography class throughout the semester. "...I overheard your thoughts will debut in the "Regeneration" showcase.

"It is kind of my own style, which is a mix of contemporary and ballet," says Niemuth.

Niemuth will also be dancing in six additional dance numbers. She is excited about both dancing as well as showcasing "...I overheard your thoughts."

"I look forward to the energy of the audience because it is so much easier to dance when you have energy to feed off of," Niemuth says.

"Infinite," a dance that is in production, was choreographed by McIntosh in 2006. McIntosh says that modern dance pioneer Jose Limon inspired the piece.

"The movement is drawn from nature as seen in the rise and fall of waves, which reflects the fall and suspension of the Limon style," McIntosh says.

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