Concert Features Dancers ‘On The Edge’

“On the Edge,” Westmont’s Fall Dance Concert, will feature pieces from faculty, students and alumni on Friday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., all in Porter Theatre. Tickets to the concert, which features more than 20 student dancers, cost $10 for general admission; $7 for students, seniors or children, and may be purchased online at or by calling (805) 565-7140.

Susan Alexander, adjunct dance professor and the show’s director, will premiere new work created for her dance performance class. “The show opens with a group piece, ‘Really on the Edge,’ which pushes the dancers’ boundaries and physical capabilities,” Alexander says.

She has also choreographed a quartet, “Gone,” lamenting loss and moving on. Junior Heidi Rosentrater is featured in a solo, “Becoming,” which explores change and personal evolution. Melanie Bales, adjunct dance professor, has choreographed a piece in the tradition of the Judson Church Dance Theatre artists of the 1960s in New York.

Several Westmont students have choreographed solo pieces, including senior Brenna Humphrey, sophomores Brittany Fayard and Abigail Pyron, and first-year student Andrea Rice, who has choreographed a group piece for her Westmont debut.

Westmont alumni Mackenzie Ellis and Miranda Wittrock return to perform a duet. Wittrock also has a solo, and Ellis presents a piece he created for 13 women he describes as “a playful, modern interpretation of the concepts from Bob Fosse, with influences from today’s established choreographers.”

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