ALMA — Alma high School's dance program will feature over 200 dancers in its seasonal performance on May 4-5 titled “Elemental” at the Alma Performing Arts Center.
The performances will be held on May 4 at 7 p.m. and on May 5 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the box office or online at almapac.org.
The show will explore the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water.
“Each act is unique and features different technical elements to really draw the audience into the show,” said Brooke Brewer, Alma dance instructor. “This is by far the most technically advanced show we have ever attempted. It’s been a great challenge for us to figure out how to bring these elements to life on stage and have our dances performing among the elements.
“I think the audience will be drawn into the world we are creating on stage. There’s natural simplicity to the show that will be breathtaking and a great contrast to some of our former shows.”
The dancers and the technical team have worked to bring the outdoor world inside the stage. Brewer said the dancers were challenged by the aspects of the show to discover how they will perform among the fire, water, and other elements which will be on the stage.
“This year’s show also features more student choreography than ever before. Our upper-level students are very talented choreographers so we wanted to showcase their work,” said Brewer.
There will be three pieces choreographed by a large group of students and a few others designed by one or two students.
“It is exciting to see these students challenge themselves and take ownership of the show,” Brewer said. “This show will be completely different than any Alma Dance Show before. I think it will do a great job showcasing our students’ talents and the depth and diversity of styles they are capable of.”
Another unique aspect of the show is the transitions from one routine to the next.
“The show is choreographed in a way that it never stops,” Brewer said. “There will always be someone dancing on the stage as we transition from one element to the next. Many of our dancers may be performing on stage for 10 to 15 minutes before exiting to change costumes and return to the stage.”