SMU dance majors present Brown Bag 2016

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On Oct. 3, this semester’s Brown Bag Dance Series, a compilation of student-choreographed pieces, are showcased for the local community. Brown Bag shows continue until Oct. 7. and last around 45 minutes. Shows are at 12 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The show is staged in Hope lobby of Owen Arts Center, illuminated by the windows that look out onto Bishop Boulevard and aired to the footsteps of surrounding pedestrians.

“Brown Bag is an chance for students to get their choreography out,” said second-year Takia Hopson, a dancer in the show.

Pieces are selected following two elimination rounds. “We have auditions at the beginning of the year. Then choreographers choose the dancers they want, and then we rehearse for three weeks. Then there is an adjudication day that decides if the piece will be in the show or not,” Hopson said.

Eleven pieces made the cut and were featured in this semester’s series.


The show displayed pieces from modern, contemporary, ballet and hip hop categories.

The show opened with Ignite.

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Ignite Photo credit: Lili Johnston


I’ll be Looking at the Moon” followed, featuring partnering work from Keid Frye and Katharine Ryfiel, who choreographed the piece.

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Brown Bag Dancers Photo credit: Lili Johnston


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All of This Skin Photo credit: Lili Johnston


Lucid was a danced and choreographed solo by dancer Grace Cuny. Her movements were so mesmerizingly cued by the beat of “The Caretaker” by Kid Koala transgressed the music through narrative and rhythm changes.

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Veverica Photo credit: Lili Johnston


The show closed with the conclusively favored No Problems, judging from the roaring applause and shouts throughout the piece.

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No Problems Photo credit: Lili Johnston

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