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FOCUS ON: Faculty Dance Concert (Transcript)

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“Dance Sites 2007: New Work in Choreography and Performance”, features six faculty choreographers and two special guest-artists who have free rein for all forms of dance.

Directed by Theatre and Dance professor Lorelei Bayne, the program shines a spotlight on almost 50 performers in numbers ranging from contemporary ballet, to tap, to modern, to salsa and jazz.


(Narrator:) From the campus of Sacramento State, this is Focus.

(Randy Solorio, Professor, Sacramento State:) “One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight…”

(Jim Finnerty, reporting:) For more than 50 years, Sacramento State’s Department of Theatre and Dance has attracted students looking to develop a creative outlet through dance - whether for a career or personal fulfillment.

(Randy Solorio, Professor, Sacramento State:) “These kids I think don’t get enough opportunities to put themselves out there. It teaches them social interaction, how to interact with the opposite sex, how to hear rhythm, self esteem, self confidence.”

(Finnerty:) Utilizing tap, jazz and ballet, students find dance provides not only creative direction...but a physical compliment to their intellectual endeavors.

(Shay Shill, Sacramento State dance student:) “I played around with the softball and the badminton and things like that. But, dance is just so much more. For me it’s just so much more expressive and you can do what you want with dance.”

(Andreane Mercier, Sacramento State dance student:) “I think dance is a great way to just let out the stress in your day and to think about dance and not think about anything else.”

(Melissa Wynn, Sacramento State professor:) “…hop, hop, jump, jump, go up, up, broker turn.”

(Finnerty:) Students and instructors take to the stage the first week in December. A Faculty Concert letting the university and community view these original interpretive works.

(Dexter Galang, Sacramento State dance student:) “It’s just been essential to take dance here to just further my training. And I took one class and I then ended up being hooked, so I just decided to make it my minor."

(Melissa Wynn, Sacramento State professor:) “It gives them an opportunity to try out different styles and experience different ways of working, and then getting an idea of what it’s like to work in a professional setting."

(Finnerty:) This is Jim Finnerty Reporting.

(Narrator:) For more information on this and other news from Sacramento State, visit our website.

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