Five Denton dance companies will bring together their dancers on one stage to perform for Collage 2012: Denton Dance Festival, beginning today at the historic Campus Theatre located on the Denton Square.
Photo by Patrick Howard/Staff – Ayu Shimizu, Jr. from Kansaigaidai University in Japan performs “Variation from Tschaikovsky pas de Deux” at the final rehearsal for the Denton Dance Festival Thursday at the Campus Theatre.
The 20th annual two-day event of artistry in movement will feature 21 graceful, joyous and dramatic dance pieces, ranging from classical to contemporary to hip-hop. For the first time, the festival will include only dancing in an effort to focus on Denton’s local talent. In the past, the festival consisted of music, mimes and other acts.
“The dance scene in the city is a small yet powerful force,” said Lisa Racina-Torre, founder and artistic director at Denton City Contemporary Ballet. “This festival is a true representation of what Denton dance has to offer.”
The dancers’ dedication, hard work and devotion to the art play a large part in the festival’s success.
Collage 2012 is also going to be the only time the public will have the opportunity to witness UNT foreign exchange student Ayu Shimizu’s classical ballet number onstage, as she will return to Japan in May, Racina-Torre said.