Fall For Dance: Annual autumn dance performance set for Nov. 22-23 at CMU | PostIndependent.com

Fall For Dance: Annual autumn dance performance set for Nov. 22-23 at CMU

Twice a year, Colorado Mesa University’s dance program performs a show that blends the best of both student and faculty work.

“Fall For Dance” Nov. 22-23 at the Robinson Theatre will feature a wide variety of dance styles including modern, aerial, hip hop and contemporary.

The show will kick off with a classic jazz piece by guest choreographer Rachelle Rak, a New York City dancer-singer-actor who has worked on several Broadway productions including “Fosse,” “Cats,” “Oklahoma,” and “Catch Me If You Can.” Rak recently finished touring as Tess in “Flashdance,” and will soon appear as a judge on the Lifetime Channel’s “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition.”

“Rachelle is a phenomenal Broadway star who auditioned her dancers and set a piece over a weekend,” new CMU faculty member and choreographer Megan Glynn said. The 21-member cast for that dance has been working “tirelessly” ever since, she said.

Glynn’s own choreographed work titled “The Epoch of Becoming” is an abstract piece performed by a small cast of three women that Glynn met during auditions.

“I saw something in auditions in these three women. They inspired the piece,” Glynn said. “It’s the only time where I’ve started with the dancers and found something to work for them; I created a dance for them.”

The contemporary and athletic work is about growing as a woman, and is performed to the music of Phillip Glass from the film “The Hours.”

Three guest artists from the Beyond Boundaries Dance Collective will perform a piece choreographed by Rebecca Fleishman.

Additional choreographers include Fall For Dance director and CMU faculty member Melonie Buchanan Murray, and adjunct instructors Abbi Phillips, Gabrielle Cahill and Connie Monroe.

Student choreographers chosen to present their works include Rochelle Kwasniewsk, AJ Labrum, Allison Duncan and Antonio Hermosillo.

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