Students, faculty to present annual Fall Dance Showcase on Dec. 1

WCU dance students Annelise Henry and Darius “D.J.” Williams perform a work choreographed by dance student Caleb Warren during last spring’s showcase. (Photo by Lindsay Kappius)

Nine dance works that have been included in the Western Carolina University Dance Program’s studio courses this semester will be featured as students and faculty present the Fall Dance Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in Hoey Auditorium.

The nine dance pieces will reflect material covered in the courses and fulfill a final performance requirement for dance students, said Ashlee Wasmund, assistant professor and coordinator of the university’s programs in musical theatre and dance.

Also on the agenda are three works choreographed by students, with themes ranging from immigration to female empowerment, Wasmund said. After going through a selection process that included the development of a written proposal, four students – Darius “D.J.” Williams, Rebecca Chisholm, Marthaluz Velez and Caleb Warren – were chosen to cast and create their own choreography for the showcase, with Velez and Warren collaborating on their work. The three pieces will feature student costume designers Erynn Vickery, Kyla Little and Megan Shaw, along with student lighting designer Reed Simiele.

The showcase also includes one dance work choreographed by dance instructor Patricia Renshaw that will feature eight student dancers and two faculty dancers, Wasmund said.

The student stage manager for the showcase is Kacey Shepherd.

Admission is $1 cash at the door, with donations of higher amounts accepted. For more information, contact Wasmund at 828-227-3672 or