Members of the Washington and Lee Repertory Dance Company performed the dance "Straight Duet" as part of the Gala Concert performed by professional dancers from around the United States at the Route 11 Dance Festival on Thursday, May 8.
The dance was performed by W&L Dance Company members, Jillian Katterhagen and Chanson Hardy. It was choreographed by guest artists Nicole Wolcott and Larry Keigwin from the New York-based dance company, Keigwin + Company.
The dance was one of two chosen by guest artists from Trey McIntyre Project, the Oregon Ballet Theater and BodyVox as pieces of outstanding artistic merit from a concert the previous week that included undergraduate dance students from across Virginia. This event was a unique opportunity for university student choreographers and dancers to participate in performances together and debate and discuss methods of composition. Guest artists lead a post-show discussion to give feedback on the choreography and performance work and selected two outstanding works to be performed later in the week.
"I am so thankful for the generosity of our guest artists and their dedication to sharing their expertise with the student dancers," said Jenefer Davies, director of dance and artistic director of the W&L Repertory Dance Company. "Performing alongside professional dancers is an amazing educational and artistic opportunity and a great honor."
For further information on the Route 11 Dance Festival, which continues this weekend with performances by Dance Theatre of Harlem and Trey McIntyre Project, visit http://www.route11dance.org/.