Dance aficionados and fans of energetic stage performances won’t want to miss Festival of Dance, the upcoming Theatre Northwest production slated for Feb. 23 - 25. The show will feature multiple dance forms, including modern and lyrical dance, musical-theatre jazz, hip-hop, salsa/merengue, and even swing dancing!
The IU Northwest Dance Company features eight students, two faculty members and three dancers from the community. Adjunct Prof. Megan Lindsay of the Department of Performing Arts is director of the company. In addition to performing, student and faculty company members have the opportunity to set choreography for the show.
“Festival of Dance” will also feature guest performances from the Indianapolis-based swing-dance group The Diga Doos and the Chicago-based modern-dance company Rebound Dance.
The Diga Doos take their name from the Duke Ellington tune “Diga Diga Doo.” The group features six members from Indianapolis and six others from Northwest Indiana. The Diga Doos feature several different performance styles, including Charleston, tap, swing and Lindy Hop, and audience participation.
Rebound Dance was founded in 2003 by Lindsay and three other Chicago dance professionals. The company specializes in modern dance routines that utilize distinctive choreography, live music and visual art to enhance the spectacle of the performance.
“Festival of Dance” will unfold on stage at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 25. Tickets cost $10 each. For more information or to make reservations, contact the Department of Performing Arts at (219) 980-6810.
On March 24 and 25, Theatre Northwest will present the Theatre for Youth Production “Aladdin & the Magic Lamp,” directed by Associate Prof. Jerry Taylor. Taylor brings this timeless tale to the stage in all its enchanting glory, complete with flying carpets, dancing genies, a dastardly villain, a princess with attitude, and a courageous young man who finds a grand adventure and much more when he stumbles upon the magical lamp of the title.
“Aladdin & the Magic Lamp” will light up the Tamarack Hall stage at 2:30 p.m. on March 24 and 25. Tickets cost $10 each. For more information or to make reservations, contact the Department of Performing Arts at (219) 980-6810.