Dixie State University to present a walking gallery of dance, a unique concert experience

Reimagining how to safely present dance during a pandemic, Dixie State University’s Dance Program is offering Dance in Concert: On Location, a walking gallery of dance performances, for its annual faculty dance concert.

Featuring four separate free performances, Dance in Concert: On Location is set to take place at 6 and 7:30 each evening on March 31 and April 2 to help maintain social distancing. The audience will take in an array of dancers and genres as student tour guides usher them across campus for the various performances.

“This year’s site-specific dance concert has been such a fun challenge as a choreographer,” Elizabeth Stich, Dixie State assistant professor of dance and the concert’s co-director, said. “The aerial dance I created with student performers, ‘three x 3,’ explores contact in current times of pandemic with an unlikely partner — the trapeze.”

Masks will be required at the concert and attendees should be prepared to walk and stand for approximately one hour. The concert is free and open to the community, but due to COVID-19 event guidelines, pre-registration is encouraged at dance.dixie.edu/news-events/2020-2021-events.

Dance in Concert: On Location is part of the Dixie State Dance Program’s commitment to offering an active learning approach to subjects such as aerial, ballet, modern dance, composition, dance history and social dance. Offering a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science as well a minor and an Integrated Studies emphasis, the program provides students with a broad understanding of dance as an academic and professional discipline through technical, creative and contextual courses that complement and reinforce one another. Dance Program faculty actively engage with students in the classroom and provide mentorship in areas of professional interest.