Shorter dance concert

Shorter University dancers Traci Romero, left, and Chelsie Burks.

The Shorter University Dance Program will present its spring dance concert March 16 and 17 in the Arnold Gallery on Shorter’s Rome campus.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will also feature Marietta-based Refuge Dance Company and the choreography of Faith Im, assistant professor of theater and dance at Shorter.

Im said she loves seeing her students grow through the rehearsal process.

“As a dance instructor, I love seeing breakthroughs, aha moments, and growth in students,” Im said. “I love that the practice of dance cultivates vital life skills applicable outside of professional dancing – such as discipline, dedication, creativity, and problem-solving. It also cultivates character: through a balance of humility and pride, as well as an understanding of self-worth.”

 Im said the dance program is excited to have Refuge Dance, a professional dance company from Marietta, perform one of the five works at the concert, while the other four will feature Shorter students dancing works choreographed by Im.

The concert will cross the many spectrums and “flavors” of dance, Im said. The show includes a charismatic jazz and modern number, an upbeat and entertaining musical theatre dance, and a more reflective contemporary modern piece. The fourth piece, titled “Reach,” represents a collaboration with Shorter’s literary magazine, “The Chimes.”

The dance incorporates the idea of “Selah,” which roughly translates to praise or pause and look up to God; Selah is the theme of this year’s edition of “The Chimes.”

The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. on March 16 and 17, in the Arnold Art Gallery.