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Fall 2021 DancEstrella Performance

DancEstrella Fall 2021 Flyer


DancEstrella Performance Presents: and the heart beats on...

Estrella Mountain Community College’s student company, DancEstrella, will present four performances of and the heart beats on… This program features:

  • Practicum dances by Assistant Directors, Carissa Salgado-Garcia and Jade Teller;
  • Duets by Choreography 2 dance majors Denise Lopez and Audrey Richards;
  • Collaborative choreography by students in Performance classes;
  • Full company work by Artistic Director, Janaea Lyn McAlee.

Audience members will also have the opportunity to participate in a brief discussion with dancers at the end of each show. 

The dances choreographed for and the heart beats on… are based on the students’ experience of loss and personal struggle but also of unexpected gifts and self-determination that have all been a part of this pandemic time. The Practicum dances (final projects by dance majors) include A Piece of You, a quintet by Carissa Salgado-Garcia which is based on recent losses of people and relationships, while Distraction, a trio by Jade Teller explores how to hold focus when there are so many things are calling for attention. Choreography 2 students created two very different duets. How Two Became One, by Audrey Richards, explores dynamics in a love relationship while Denise Lopez investigates the tension between mind and body in Metanoia.

Collaborative dances by the Performance class students reflect on overcoming betrayal and imposed expectations to discover new connections and self-confidence. A Rhythm To It, by Professor McAlee, is a meditation on the cyclical nature of life and human experiences which transcend time, geography, or culture.

General admission is free and no ticket is required.  However, seating is limited and is first-come, first-served.

Masks are required for this performance and inside all buildings on campus.

Location: EMCC Performing Arts Center (PAC)

Date/Time: Friday, December 3 and Saturday, December 4, 2021 with shows at 3:00pm and 7:00pm both days.

Box office info:

623-935-8141 or 623-935-8444

Photo credit: Linda Keyes