Progression, the annual spring dance showcase at Thomas Dale High School, promises to be an evening of entertaining and enlightening art. An impressive display of technical prowess and artistry, the event exhibits powerful choreography by faculty, students and guest artists at Chesterfield’s Specialty Center for the Arts. Students from all areas of Chesterfield County are selected for the special program.
Included in the program is Natyanjali, a classical Indian dance choreographed by guest artist Uma Chetty of Apsaras Arts. Ms. Chetty joined the Specialty Center for a week-long residency in December to set the work. The show also marks the dance company’s second performance of Snow, a structured improvisation set on specialty center dancers by Rochester, NY choreographer Kista Tucker. The vastly different styles of these dances highlight the versatility of the Specialty Center Dance Company and offer audience members an eclectic experience.
Progression also showcases the work of Specialty Center dance students in grades 9 through 12. “These young artists have worked hard creating original dances, which is not an easy task. I am constantly amazed by their focus and work ethic. I am certain the audience will be awed by the quality of work they produce on the stage,” states Denise Purvis, artistic director of the Specialty Center Dance Company. “The concert includes a multitude of dance styles, including Ballet, Tap, Modern, and Indian Dance. Everyone will find something exciting in the program.”
Progression will grace the stage March 24 & 25 at 7 p.m. in Thomas Dale High School’s main auditorium. Tickets, available at the door, cost $6 for general admission, $5 for students, and are free for senior citizens and children 5 & under. For more information about the Specialty Center for the Arts, please go to www.SpecialtyCenterArts.com.