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City College’s dance department hit the stage for centennial festivities

Amber Henry

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San Diego City College’s dance department showcased their best moves on campus this week as they participated in three events during festivities for Founders Week and the Community Open House.

This was part of the outreach efforts the dance department plans in order to raise student awareness about their dynamic dance program offered. “… (W)hat we need, it’s site specific. It’s out in the community. People are seeing it, but not funneling into a theater. We make it accessible that way,” said Alicia Rincon, the director of the dance department.

Festivities began with “Spirit Day” on Sept. 9. The salsa dance class performed in the Gorton Quad from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m, as a part of the celebration for Founders Week.

On Sept. 10 at 10:30 a.m, a special performance choreographed by instructor Terri Wilson took place during the festivities for the unveiling of the new trolley car at the City College Trolley Station.

The dancers wore costumes to ” … present a vintage look on the trolley,” Rincon explained. The dancers were in character and performed improvisational dance. They also wore their costumes around campus all day, “to be inclusive of the campus.”

As part of City’s Community Open House events on Sept. 11, the dance department offered free salsa dance classes from 12:45 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. in the Black Box Theater located in the Arts and Humanities Building, in room 320.

“I don’t think many students know we have an ethnic dance class,” Rincon stated. “I’m really going to try to get out onto campus, to get the exposure and awareness that we exist here. And to support the larger campus events.”

“I keep wanting to take the yoga and Pilates dance class, ” said student dancer Amy Housman referring to course Dance 127. “I try to fit one dance class in on top of my regular schedule. It helps me relieve stress.”

Classes offered range from classics such as ballet, jazz and tap to the newer styles such as hip hop, modern, ethnic and improvisational.

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