The Salt Lake Community College Dance Company performed their spring concert “Forces” last Friday and Saturday in the Grand Theatre.
The performance featured both professional and student choreography in a variety of genres. The style of dance, choreography, music and costuming was executed with an articulate degree of poise and professionalism.
Student dancers spent nearly 30 hours rehearsing in the theatre last week, preparing to bring exceptional quality to each piece. Victoria Camargo, who has been dancing with SLCC for the last two years, says the preparation was well worth it.
“This weekend’s performance was one of the best performances I have ever done. Everything went perfectly smooth, from lighting, to sound, to all the dancers,” she says. “We had so many styles of dance like flamenco, modern, jazz, and Afro-hip hop.”
The 19 different dances, all perfect in length, provided just the right amount of entertainment. It wasn’t composed of a string of modern pieces, and the variety was a nice change so the audience didn’t have time to get bored.
The mission of SLCC Dance Company is to support excellence in the art of dance. Performing mostly modern and jazz dance routines, students also explore ballet, tap, African and several other genres.
Guest choreographers are often brought in for performances, and the faculty and student choreography gives a broad range of professional creativity.
Camargo says dancing for SLCC has been one of the most challenging yet rewarding things she has done.
“Not only did I grow as a dancer, I grew so much as a person,” she says. “The friendships you make are so precious and it’s something I’ll carry forever.”