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From dancers to directors

July 8, 2010

Writer: Writer: Shally Clark

Upcoming graduates of Brigham Young University-Idaho's newly established dance major are about to get a taste of the real world. As part of their senior capstone project, they will direct and choreograph a dance program-all on their own.

"It is my turn to take the knowledge and tools I have been given and create something of my own," said Brooke Child, a dance major completing the senior project.


The recital serves as a celebration of the dancers' graduation, skills, and experience at BYU-Idaho. The university began offering dance as a major in 2008.

The soon-to-be graduates have choreographed pieces and will run the entire production on their own. "I am usually in the performance," Child said. "Now I am the director backstage, choreographing the dance, placing the dancers, working with the lighting specialist, and meeting with the costume designer. I have more respect for dance directors now that I am in their shoes."

The students have been working on the project since last semester. "Dance has always been my passion," said Mackenzie Mitchell, another dance major graduate. "BYU-Idaho has geared me for teaching while giving performing experience as well. This will help me as I start my career performing and end it teaching."

The Senior Dance Recital will occur July 15 at 7 p.m. in the Kirkham Auditorium. The program is free of charge and is open to the campus community as well as the public.