SWAMP DANCE FEST:
Hard work, skilled instructors pay dividends
By Tori Chin, GLOB Correspondent
The show, hosted in the G-6 Studio of the UF Nadine McGuire Theatre + Dance Pavilion, is a culmination of work that has been done by students in the past four weeks. Guest artists Mark Haim and Keith Thompson each choreographed a piece for the performance.
"Our guest artists have been absolutely amazing," said 20-year-old Lynette Fisher. "It's been an amazing process working with them. They're very different from each other and very different from what we're used to."
Under the direction of UF Assistant Professor of Dance Trent D. Williams, Jr., the dancers have trained for over six hours every day with a rigorous schedule of classes, rehearsals and artists' talks.
"We've worked extremely hard," Fisher said.
Haim and Thompson have worked with the students on a variety of styles including West-African, contemporary and improvisational dance.
"Learning something that so many people around the world have learned is really cool, and to be a part of a creative process of a teacher we don't normally have," Fisher said.
During the four-week intensive, students who previously did not have any dance experience have been able to make art out of body movements and become comfortable with the art they create, said Shannah Parkin, 22.
"You have all of these tools that you didn't have before just by having someone new in the room," Parkin said.
A dancer improvises in an exercise led by guest choreographer Mark Haim. Photo by Tori Chin / UF College of the Arts
Performances for Swamp Dance Fest! 2018 will be on July 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. and July 29 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $18 for the general public, $15 for seniors, $15 for UF faculty and staff and $13 for students. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more Swamp Dance Fest information.