Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Brian McGinnis was artist-in-residence at the Fine Arts Center for 11 days in October. He set 2 three minute pieces of choreography on the morning dancers titled Bisque and Run. In the afternoon class, Mr. McGinnis set a much longer work to the Hebrides Overture by Felix Mendelssohn. The students performed for students, parents and invited guests on the last day of the choreographic residency, October 23rd. The dances will be performed in the in-school Honors Showcase December 18th at the Fine Arts Center as well as in the Fine Arts Center Dance Concert on May 8th at 7:00 pm. The performances will be held in the black box theatre.

Photo: Brian McGinnis
Company: Lar Lubovitch Dance Company
Photographer: Chris Callis

Dancers attended the SCDAncing Festival in Spartanburg October 16-18th. Guest artists Gerri Houlihan and Brian McGinnis, former guest artists at the Fine Arts Center, taught master classes during the festival. The South Carolina Dance Association also sponsors an audition for a scholarship awarded to a South Carolina dance student who majors in dance in a South Carolina college. Dancers who were high school juniors or seniors and college freshmen were eligible to audition. The winner of the scholarship is Ashley Brown, a junior at the Fine Arts Center. The afternoon dancers also performed "thee who holds the key" choreographed by Brian McGinnis in the gala concert on Saturday evening October 17th.