By: Katie Coyne
Faculty and students at County College of Morris participated in the Spring Dance Theater Showcase Wednesday, May 10 and Thursday, May 11 in the Edward J. Yaw Music Technology Center.
Performances included ballet, tap, and modern style dances. After practicing for two semesters, the dancers used the performance as another experience in the art which most of them have worked since childhood.
Some of the dancers are majors in dance theater, and others like Jon Reisch who is studying vocals at CCM are not but still enjoy dabbling in dance.
“Well, as an actor you need to be a triple threat, so that means you have to be able to sing, dance,” Reisch said. “And so I really didn’t dance before, so that’s why I took a few ballet classes.”
CCM Dance Theater director Terence Duncan has danced professionally for years before teaching as a professor of dance.
“It was really important for me to be able to come back and teach college-aged students the tools that they need to be able to have success in dance,” Duncan said.
Duncan started dancing in high school and was previously a musician. He played the saxophone and bassoon and sang. Being physically active as a track runner, he was interested in discovering how to put the aspect of movement into the art form of dance.
“I did all sorts of physical things,” Duncan said. “I was interested in something that was both musical and physical, and dance really made sense to me.”
Many dancers including professor Christina Paolucci, a member of CCM’s dance faculty, start dancing young. She started at age six.
“Every kind of dance I’m passionate about whether I can do it or not,” Paolucci said. “Dance is my life.”
Margo Donovan, a dance major at CCM, also got into dance at a young age, and she said that she hopes to one day instruct young kids.
“I started off when I was little, and I really enjoyed it.” Donovan said. “I want to teach younger children and get them involved.”
Donovan enjoys ballet and modern dance.
“Modern is a creative way to express yourself,” Donovan said.
Noelle Capuzzo, a double-major in dance and musical theater, began taking dance classes at age two and has been dancing for 19 years.
“I just get really excited to be on stage, it’s like my little second home.” Cappuzzo said. “Sometimes, I get a little nervous, but it’s more of like an anxious nervous. I just can’t wait to get on stage and perform.”
The stage came alive for each performance and the dancers’ dedication showed in each twirl and pirouette that was performed. The audience smiled and snapped pictures of the dancers’ movements.
The dedication and talent was prevalent as well as the time and effort that each dancer took in practicing for the showcase.