The dance program Butler University is perhaps best known for ballet performances. But pirouettes and ballerinas are not what you’ll see Friday at Lilly Hall.
Instead, dance students will be given a chance to show their creative side in the Student Choreography Showcase. This once-a-year event allows students to take all they have learned and create something new in the form of 13 dance numbers they have prepared without the help of their dance instructors.
Unlike previous years, the show will offer far more variety, as performances will range from modern to musical theatre styles. Because of this, even the most diverse audience should be able to connect with at least one style.
Because the showcase allows students to take charge of their art, it provides a medium for self-actualization, where students aren’t simply learning prescribed dance routines, but are becoming dancers in their own right. Plus, by being allowed to show their creative side they can begin to see one another as creators, rather than mere ‘coworkers’ performing traditional dance routines, such as Nutcracker and Cinderella.
This is a great opportunity to enjoy a free dance performance and support the Butler dance department.
The Student Choreography Showcase takes place Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in Lilly Hall 310. Admission is free, and audience members are encouraged to arrive early due to limited space.