Emerson Dance Company to host first live show since fall 2019

Emerson Dance Company to host first live show since fall 2019
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Emerson Dance Company

By Sophia Pargas
November 12, 2021

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After over a year of strictly pre-recorded and live streamed events, Emerson Dance Company is kicking off their first post-pandemic season in the Semel Theater on Saturday and Sunday with “Momentum,” a show featuring 76 student dancers performing tap, hip-hop, jazz, and contemporary numbers.

“This semester, our show ‘Momentum’ will be showcasing 14 pieces from our student choreographers who each created different styled pieces all surrounding the theme of momentum,” EDC said on their show’s program. “Within the past year, we have all experienced momentum in different ways: feeling pushed forward, backward, and swung all the way around, but ‘Momentum’ for EDC this semester means moving together for the first time in-person on a stage since Fall 2019.”

The show features a variety of pieces and is guaranteed to have something for everyone in attendance. Each choreographed dance features its own song choice and personalized costumes to match the energy of the dance.

“There’s definitely some lively, fun, get you going pieces, but also some other ones that have a more emotional, impactful storyline,” sophomore Payton Shepardson, a public relations major and EDC’s marketing director, said. “It’ll be really high energy.”

Since the start of the pandemic, the company has been forced to move their events to YouTube, where they have hosted livestreams and uploaded pre-recorded content to replace the in-person shows.

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