LSMSA Dance Ensemble puts on ‘An Evening of Contemporary Dance’

Photos by Isabella Hood ('19)

The Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts (LSMSA) will be hosting “An Evening of Contemporary Dance,” showcasing the work of the school’s Dance Ensemble. The event will take place Feb. 21-22 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 23-24 at 2 p.m. in the school’s Center for Performance and Technology Black Box Theater.

The full performance will be 45 to 50 minutes long and will be comprised of several five to eight minute movement pieces. Most of the dances have been choreographed by LSMSA’s Instructor of Dance Crystal Lewis, but the evening will also feature works that students have created together.

“The students split into teams and co-collaborated to come up with choreography for two duets,” said Lewis. “They are very excited to show what they have been working on since last semester.”

The Dance Ensemble consists of Riley Scott (’19), Abigail LeBlanc (’19), Madeline Lorio (’21), and Colby Alexander (’19). Senior Jada Bezue will also be joining the showcase, putting on a solo self-choreographed piece.

Renowned dancer Jackie Best Shilcutt will be making a guest appearance during the show. Last fall, Shilcutt provided a Masterclass to LSMSA students and choreographed two pieces that will appear in the show.

Northwestern State University dance students may give a surprise performance.

The event is free and open to the public.

Dance classes at LSMSA allow students to survey multiple styles and techniques of movement. For a deeper look, visit