Graduating seniors reflect on their time at BGSU through dance

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The Footlights Dance concert on campus tonight (April 26) and Friday, April 27, will be bittersweet for some of the dancers. Among the 30 or so dancers on stage will be three graduating dance majors — Adla-Marie Burke, Cincinnati, Alexa Piccirillo, Findlay, and Salon Gegel, Wapakoneta. “It is bittersweet,” Burke said. “We’re closing a chapter, but we’re all moving on time to start our professional careers.” Footlights will be staged at 8 p.m. both nights in the Whitney Studio room Eppler North on the Bowling Green State University campus. The three dancers said they benefited from a strong support system within the dance program. “Our instructors are helpful making sure we’re doing everything we can to be able to succeed,” Burke said. “One of benefits of small program is you can find your own path. You can find how dance works for you, and they will find ways to help you,” Piccirillo said. Piccirillo said they know they can tap into that support system even after they’ve left campus. The three graduate as the dance program is in transition. The program, now part of the School of Human Movement, Sports, and Leisure Studies, is being shifted into the Department of Theatre and Film, an administrative move from the College of Education and Human Development to the College of Arts and Sciences. As part of the move, the dance major will be eliminated, though the dance minor will be retained. Piccirillo said at first they were sad to hear about the end of the major, but after talking with dance instructor Colleen Murphy, they were reassured. “It’ll be a really good transition for the program,” she said. Burke said that she anticipates that will lead to more of the kind of collaborations that now mostly happen at ArtsX and Bravo! BGSU. At Bravo! this year, she danced with the Combustible Ensemble. She and two other performers moved to sounds the musicians were improvising in…

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