BYU-I Dance Spring Extravagance begins

BYU-I Dance Spring Extravagance begins
BYU-I Dance Spring Extravagance begins

The Department of Theatre and Dance’s extravaganza opened on Tuesday and runs through Saturday, July 13. The show is called “Now and Then” and has a Beatles theme..

“It’s super fun,” said Anne Vistaunet, senior, dance student and president of the dance society. “The costumes are so fun, bright (And) high energy. Just a lot of fun, good music, good energy on stage, good dancing. The lighting is fun, the dancers are fun. It’s just a great… all around show.”

The dance team has been working on the show since February, rehearsing “eight days a week” for the performance. Vistaunet says the process is lengthy but rewarding.

“The hours can be really long, but it’s super fun to just be with your friends and learn and… grow,” Vistaunet said. “We do so many different styles… it’s fun to learn new styles every year and just try and test what I’ve learned and how I learned it.”

Advertising posters and photos in the Snow Building. Photo credit: Ryan Turner

According to the author, producer and artistic director of the show, Wendy Bone, the topic explores the Beatles music of the past years.

“It’s an exploration of 60 years of the Beatles,” said Bone. “So this year is the Beatles’ 60th anniversary, and they’ve just released a brand new song using artificial intelligence that’s featured on our show. It’s all Beatles music, and it’s a celebration of Beatles music, light, sound, Beatlemania. It’s about The Beatles coming to life through dance.”

Not only does this give the dance students the opportunity to “come together” to put on the show, but it also gives them valuable performing experience, according to Bone.

“Putting on a show is part of what we do in the performing and visual arts, dance is a performing art,” Bone said. “And so the way to practice that performing art is to perform. So they get the opportunity to learn everything from the choreography to the lighting to the costumes to the staging and the performance to put the show together. That’s all part of their curriculum, learning how to be a performing artist.”

BYUI dancers pose and dance for a photo and video shoot for the Dance Alliance Tour Promo

BYUI dancers pose and dance for a Dance Alliance Tour promotional photo and video shoot. Photo credit: Mike Lewis

According to Bone, the team will explore a wide range of dance genres, all to the music of The Beatles.

“There’s so much to explore, and I’ve never done a show where I’ve used one artist to represent all the different styles and genres and flavors and energies of dance, and I thought, ‘Why not the Beatles?'” Bone said. “They represent all genres, so ballet, tap, ballroom, contemporary, hip-hop, world, disco, folk, clog, all genres. It’s really a celebration of dance through music.”

According to Vistaunet, this dance festival will offer visitors a unique show.

“There’s all kinds of dancing,” Vistaunet said. “It’s so much fun. It’s full of energy, you get to see a little bit of everything and find new favorites. Even if you’re not the biggest Beatles fan, it’s so much fun to be here and… feel the energy.”

Extravadance takes place at Eliza R. S.Now Drama Theatre, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are available at the box office and online.

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