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World Premieres and Works in Progress

March 08, 2018

(From left to right)
(From left to right) Mersadees Rasmusson, Dani Allred, Harry Crinklaw, Ericka Shofar, Alma Lambson, Laura Stewart, Rose Robertson. Photo credit: Luke Nielson.

Western Wyoming Community College’s Desert Dance Theater will perform World Premieres and Works in Progress at the Broadway Theater on Friday, March 23rd at 7:00PM.

In preparation for their upcoming participation in the American College Dance Association regional festival in Boulder, Colorado, Western’s dance majors will present an evening of world premieres and works in progress. Assistant Professor of Dance Rebecca Mayer has created two new works that will be presented at the festival, entitled “Cutty” and “Sam and Janet Evening.”

Dance Majors Alma Lambson, Mersadees Rasmusson, and Laura Stewart have created “Gravity Unchained,” which will showcase the work of all seven dancers involved. Additionally, some of the dance program’s first-year students will share current choreographic works in progress.

The American College Dance Association regional festival offers the opportunity for faculty- and student-choreographed works to be adjudicated by seasoned professionals and academics in the dance field. The event is not a competition, but some dances are selected for the festival’s gala concert, with the opportunity to receive special recognition. In addition to performing, students will participate in master classes offered by faculty at other institutions; faculty members will conduct workshops for students as well as their academic peers.

The performance at the Broadway Theater will be hosted by Rebecca Mayer; she will introduce each dance and give the audience some information about how the work was developed. Following the performance, she will moderate a talkback between the audience and the seven dance students. This unique opportunity will provide audience members with a forum to ask questions about dance in general as well as the individual works they’ve just witnessed.

"These students have displayed remarkable growth from the time they rehearsed and performed Nutcracker 17 to now. Attending the conference will expand their awareness of what else is out there in the realms of dance education and professional dance. I'm excited to see what they can learn from other instructors at the conference as well as from the audience at the Broadway,” said Rebecca Mayer, Assistant Professor of Dance at Western.

The proceeds of this event will be used to defray the costs associated with attendance at the festival including lodging, food, and registration. Admission is by suggested donation; no patrons will be turned away. The suggested donation range is $5-$500.

Please note that while families with children are welcome to attend, the performance will be best enjoyed by audience members aged twelve and above. For more information regarding this event please contact Rebecca Mayer, Assistant Professor of Dance at Western via



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For more information, contact Audrey Harton at (307) 382-1661 or
(307) 382-1600 or toll free (800) 226-1181