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St. Lawrence University Students to Perform in Dance Showcase


Last updated 1/7/2016 at 12:50pm

A number being performed during the Spring 2015 Dance Showcase. (SLU Photo/Tara Freeman)

After a semester of choreography, design and rehearsal, St. Lawrence University's dance class students are ready to take the stage in the Noble Center's Gulick Theatre. The bi-annual dance showcase will be held there beginning at 8 p.m. each night from Thursday, Dec. 3, through to Saturday, Dec. 5.

The dance showcase will run for just under two hours and will feature ballet, modern, swing and other dance styles. Hannah Murphy '18, who is taking Modern Dance with Lecturer Kerri Canedy, has a history in the genre and hoped to pursue it further at St. Lawrence.

"I wanted to learn more about the techniques of modern because they are very different from other types of dance that I'm used to," said the sophomore from Porter Corners, New York. "I've loved not only learning more about the dance world but getting back on stage for the showcase."

While group performances as the students' class projects will comprise the majority of this semester's showcase, other numbers will feature various dance clubs on campus as well as solo senior-choreographed performances.

Although several students are pursing an existing passion for dance, many in next week's showcase are new to the discipline.

"My science courses don't give me a lot of opportunity for artistic expression," said Casey Cabrinha '17, a biology major from Syracuse, New York. "It is refreshing to stretch myself out and learn something so different from the classes in my major."

Casey isn't the only student branching out through this semester.

"Only in dance can you meet students majoring in a wide range of subjects. It's a unique opportunity," said Sarah McEachern '17, of Natick, Massachusetts. She credits the draw from other departments to a range of applicable skills that dance offers. "In dance class I learn teamwork, problem solving, memorization, and creativity. They are things I can apply in all my other classes."

Thursday's show is free and open to the public, while the Friday and Saturday performances will require tickets, which may be collected at no cost from the Gulick Theatre box office during the week preceding the showcase.

For more information, check the Performance and Communication arts events calendar at, or call the Gulick Theatre box office at 315-229-5166. View a campus map at

About St. Lawrence University:

Founded in 1856, St. Lawrence University is a private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,500 students located in Canton, New York. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet. Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global. Visit

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