Dancers are often told they need to be versatile. Their technique must be top-notch, and they are required to train in a variety of dance styles and genres. But there is another skill that is becoming increasingly important for young dancers: the ability to choreograph.
All summer long, studios and stages throughout Chautauqua Institution have been graced by dancers moving through professional choreography.
Students in the Chautauqua School of Dance were given a chance to choreograph pieces of their own for the annual Choreographic Workshop Performance Friday August 10, 2012 in the Carnahan-Jackson dance studios. All photos by Rabab Al-Sharif.
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Dancers in the Chautauqua School of Dance get the opportunity to take a leap in choreographers’ ballet slippers.
Apprentice and festival dancers are accustomed to dancing in others’ pieces, but the Choreographic Workshop gives the students an opportunity to create their own works.
Students interested in creating a piece for the workshop went through a selection process with dance faculty. The faculty chose 12 pieces to be shown at the free public 4 p.m. Choreographic Performance today in Carnahan-Jackson Dance Studio.