Pacific Lutheran University Dance Ensemble provides opportunities for student dance performance and choreography in a concert setting. Students join in the creative and intellectual process of creating dances. They challenge themselves technically and artistically with a culminating formal performance in the Spring semester. Invited professional guest choreographers, dedicated student choreographers, and dance faculty participate in setting choreography on the ensemble for the Spring concert.
Students of all technical dance levels are encouraged to participate and audition in the Fall and Spring terms for the Spring concert.
Spring Dance Concert 2019 Guest Artist: Sam Picart
Sam Picart (Kansas City, MO) began his studies in Hip Hop culture at a young age after seeing renowned dancer Mr. Wiggles on television. He received a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts and has studied hip hop dance and west coast funk styles for ten years. Like many hip hop dancers, he learned by way of competition and jamming with well-known hip hop dancers around the world. He has competed and performed in Monsters of Hip Hop and in jams in New York City, Kansas City, and Portland. Sam continues to train and study the culture of hip hop while teaching all around the Seattle area.
Master Classes in Tap with Mark Mendonca
Fridays, February 22 & March 15th 11:15-12:20, Columbia Center Studio
Mark Mendonca’s extensive career as a performer and choreographer includes performances for three U.S. Presidents, as well as performances on Broadway, television, and concert stages around the world. He has shared the stage with the late tap masters the Nicholas Brothers, Jimmy Slyde, Charles ‘Honi’ Coles, Eddie Brown, Steve Condos, Chuck Green, Bunny Briggs, Lon Chaney and Buster Brown, and has made numerous appearances with friend and mentor Gregory Hines . On Broadway, Mark danced in the Tony Award winning production of “Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk.” Mark’s dancing was motion captured for the animated feature film, “The Polar Express,” directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks.