Lindenwood theatre hosting Spring Dance Concert


Tiala Taylor performs part of “Dissent” at the fall 2018 dance concert.
Photo by Mitchell Kraus

Sofiya Melnychuk, Culture Editor

One of the most important events for Bachelor of Fine Arts students and teachers is coming up this week. 

The final Spring Dance Concert of the semester is always special, yet for Lindenwood students this dance is the most meaningful as it is their last one.

BFA seniors get to choreograph and perform for the last time with their dance mates. Every piece of choreography created on the stage has a special meaning and a lot of deep feelings.

Five senior BFA students and six invited guests are sharing important topics like self-love, female roles, and others through  dance.

“Since my freshman year in the Lindenwood dance department, I have been inspired by so many concepts and I imagine that it will be the greatest feeling to finally watch all of those concepts unfold on the main stage”, said Christi Bell, BFA senior.  

There are many other aspects that make this dance so special. The unity of people is one of them.

Lindenwood senior Marie Gilliam said it’s a sad time for seniors.

“My favorite thing about the Spring Dance Concert is the unity of the people. It’s exciting because this concert is at the end of the year, which makes it sad for seniors yet enjoyable since we can remember memories we made throughout this year,” Gilliam said.

Spring Dance Concert is special not only for students, but also for teachers, according to Janet Strzelec, who is a Spring Dance Director.

“Personally, I find these concerts to be very bittersweet. While I am so proud of what the seniors have accomplished, and I’m ready to send them out in the world, it’s also very hard to let go,” Strzelec said.   

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no live performance which made the experience quite different in past years.

“We are used to having a live audience and this year we do not,” Lindenwood senior Amber Richards said. “Although this is sad, we are grateful for the opportunity to still be able to dance on stage for our last time”.  

Bell said each student worked hard to produce the best concert possible.

“Behind the scenes, we have all been working tirelessly to produce this show for our viewers and I just hope that each individual can resonate with different things they can see,” Bell said.

The performances stream for free on LUTV April 29 and April 30 at 7 p.m., and May 1 at 2 p.m.