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Student Dance Company Showcase at the Capitol Theater, Jan. 6 & 7, 2017

Willimantic - The public is invited to attend EASTCONN’s Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) arts magnet high school’s Looking-Glass Self Student Dance Company Showcase 2017 on Fri., Jan. 6 and Sat., Jan. 7, at 7 p.m., at EASTCONN’s Capitol Theater, 896 Main St., in downtown Willimantic.

The Dance Showcase will feature a variety of original performances choreographed by student dance majors at ACT. In preparing for the Showcase, students have reflected on the concept of identity and channeled personal life experiences to inspire their creative works. Through a range of dance genres, choreographers and dancers will explore the people, personalities and interactions that shape one’s individuality.

Among many thematic dance performances slated for the Showcase is “The Election,” which captures the frustration of trying to identify with the 2016 presidential candidates, “There’s Always A Silver Lining, So Where’s Mine?” a duet portraying one’s realization that negative thoughts are controlling them and “Life-Time,” a piece that tells the story of the significant role time plays during the stages of life.

In preparing for the Showcase since the start of the school year, ACT choreographers and dancers have collaborated with the entire ACT student community, including students who are studying advanced lighting design.

ACT student dancers include seniors Lauthell Labonte (Putnam), Destiny Hollis (Willimantic), Daniel Marinelli (Willington), Samantha Richard (Willimantic), and Jorrel Morales (Windham); as well as juniors Hailie Brytowski (Putnam), Theresse Weigand-Watkinson (Norwich), Alesha Coppinger (Colchester), Devin Beaudry (Canterbury), and Deborah Rolon (New London).

ACT will welcome guest artists and ACT alumni, Kerra Jackson (2015), Jose Aponte (2011) and other members of the dance community.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and $5 for ACT students and alumni. Tickets may be reserved in advance by calling 860-465-5636. The Capitol Theater Box Office will open one hour before show time for walk-up ticket sales. The Showcase is appropriate for audience members of all ages. Visit www.eastconn.org/act to learn more about ACT.

ACT is a public, rigorous, arts-integrated magnet high school located in bustling, downtown Willimantic. ACT is administered by EASTCONN, a public, non-profit, Regional Educational Service Center that has been serving the education needs of northeastern Connecticut schools and communities since 1980. 

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