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Students get ready for upcoming Extravadance show

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Extravadance is a student- directed show featuring different types of dance including ballroom, jazz, contemporary and clogging, according to BYU-Idaho’s Extravadance Web page.

Gary Larsen, the chair of the Theatre and Dance Department, said the theme this year is called “Envision.”

“We often will pick themes that are sometimes very specific if we’re trying to tell a story,” Larsen said. “This year, we took a very broad idea; each piece is exploring looking at something in a new way, which is what envision means.”

Larsen said the idea came from a picture of an eye with a dancer superimposed inside of it.

“What we want the audience to get at the end is to envision their dreams,” said Jessica Christensen, the student director of the ballroom numbers in the show and a junior studying fine arts.

Larsen said there are two things  those who put on the show always try to do with Extravadance: access a wide variety of taste and give people some inspiration.

“I think someone who came to the show could really feel a balance between art and entertainment,” Larsen said.

Alleigh Taylor, a junior studying dance, said since there is such a big variety of dance styles, there is always at least one number the audience can relate to.

“I think with all the performances, we are trying to help people have a better understanding of dance and to look at the world in a new way,” Taylor said.

Taylor said her favorite part of being a dancer in the show is being able to express different styles of dance and perform them.

“My favorite part of being in the show is getting close to other dancers,” said Stephanie Smith, a junior studying dance. “We spend so many hours together, we become a family.”

Larsen said the students put many cumulative hours into creating the show and that this is the biggest show they have ever produced, in terms of the number of students involved.

“That’s a great indication of students who love their art and are willing to sacrifice to create something beautiful on stage,” Larsen said.

Smith said almost all of the pieces are choreographed and directed by students.       

Christensen said she has spent around 120 hours working on the show.

She said Extravadance gives students an opportunity to share what they love most.

“They are sharing a talent, and they want to share it with the audience,” Christensen said.

Smith said she has never heard of anyone attending the show who did not enjoy it.

“It’s just so fun and entertaining,” Smith said. “I want people to know that if they come, they will leave happy.”

Extravadance will be showing Nov. 19-21 in the Oscar A. Kirkham Auditorium. Tickets are $3 for students and $6 for the general public.

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