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dance-final-stretchStudent choreographers and dancers are hard at work finessing their performances for Winter Dance Concert, one of the most popular performance events of the year. This year’s concert includes a mix of traditional dance, modern dance, hip-hop and ballet and features 70 dancers. A jazzy tap number features a remix version of Fred Astaire’s “Puttin’ on the Ritz” and a Bollywood-style Indian dance that fills the stage. The traditional jig shoes of Irish step face off against the percussive movements of step dancers, choreographed by Chelsea Dougherty (I) and Solace Mensah-Narh (II). A dance that explores gender, by Juliana Rogoff (I) and Janice Chen (I), will feature an original composition by Talia Rubenstein (I), a first for Dance Concert. Talia and Corey Hales (I) will perform the musical piece live during the dance.

Winter Dance Concert opens in King Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, and Friday, March 4, and curtains go up at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 5.

Puttin’ on the Ritz in the Dance Studio