The Lone Star College-Montgomery dance department will present its fall dance concert, Dancescape, on Tuesday, November 24, at 7 p.m., in the Mainstage Theatre in the college’s Performing Arts Center (building D).
Dancescape is the culmination of work done by students enrolled in the dance performance class. This class, in which students enroll for the opportunity to perform in a formal dance concert, teaches the students choreography, and then allows for rehearsing and refining it for the stage. Faculty, guest artists and students develop choreography, but students learn all of the other aspects of the creative and production process by helping with publicity, costuming, lighting design and more.
“This class really allows students to fully experience dance as a performing art,” said LSC-Montgomery dance instructor Tiffany Nirider. “This concert is the moment to which dancers most look forward to. All of the work done in the studio and in rehearsals comes to life on stage and it is an extremely gratifying experience.”
Nirider has been involved in dance for 33 years, beginning with dance instruction at 16 and moving into professional dance in 1997. She has taught at three Lone Star College campuses and also at Sam Houston State University. Her teaching repertoire includes modern, ballet, jazz, choreography, dance performance, dance appreciate, ballroom and aerobics.
“Dancescape is a wonderful opportunity to welcome the community to the campus to see what talent exists here,” said Nirider. “I feel the dance program is a hidden jewel that many aren’t aware of. There is so much talent at our college, waiting to be discovered.”
LSC-Montgomery currently offers ballet, modern dance, jazz and dance appreciation classes in addition to dance performance. Students in these courses focus on technique and artistry, while they continue to explore creativity in finding their own personal style. During the year, the dance program attends various dance festivals and performing venues.
“The evening’s program will include a diverse array of dance styles,” says Nirider. “There will be something for everyone to enjoy. Audience members will see modern, jazz, ballet, and even salsa. The students have had the chance to expand their horizons this semester and learn styles, which they were not familiar with. I’m proud that they’ve been willing to try things they’ve never done before.”
For more information about the dance or fine arts department, contact Lauren Lazo at (936) 273-7021 or e-mail Lauren.Lazo@lonestar.edu.
LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call (936) 273.7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.
With 75,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball, and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.