Preview: Dance watch


The show is about to begin. The audience shuffles to their seats, the room becomes dark, the stage lights flash on and the music is cued. The dancers stand in the wings, silently waiting to take their positions on stage.

Every semester the Santa Ana College Dance Department develops a production to showcase their advanced dancers’ abilities and educate and entertain the audience.

This semester’s “Dancewatch 2011: Fall/Rise” will include routines by guest choreographer Joel Smith, who has been “creating a new piece of work for our advanced students,” said Dance Department Chair and show director Eve Kikawa. “It is very exciting and unique.”

The UC Irvine jazz dance ensemble, Insight, will make a guest appearance and perform an African dance inspired by their recent trip to Ghana.

“There will be an eclectic mix of many different styles of music: tango, blues, classical and sounds from all over the map,” Kikawa said.

The hour-and-a-half show blending modern dance, jazz and ballet will take place in Philips Hall Theatre, Nov. 11 and 12 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 13 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available online and at the door, ranging from $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12.

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