When: Wed., March 23, 8 p.m. 2011
When you put 435 dance teachers and students on the same college campus for a week, a creative critical mass of sorts ensues. That's been my experience in previous years while observing the regional and national levels of the American College Dance Festival. Elon University is hosting this year's mid-Atlantic regional festival, where 21 dance programs at colleges and universities from here to Maryland will present their strongest work.
Two events are open to the general public. Guest professional company LehrerDance opens the festival this evening at 8 p.m. with a concert of signature innovations and high-risk moves. Covering the group's Chicago premiere, critic Lynn Shapiro said they "took the house not so much by storm as by quantum physic ... Jon Lehrer's strikingly original choreography transformed the stage into an energy field of super-charged particles."
This Saturday, the festival's Gala will showcase the best of the best: those performances critically judged as the crème of all the work presented during the week. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets for both are $10 at the door.—Byron Woods