Special To The Herald, @SarahRWillson
NEW BRITAIN - Central Connecticut State University is putting on its dancing shoes for the fourth annual Connecticut High School Dance Festival on Saturday, Oct. 20.
The event is set for 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Welte Auditorium.
Students and teachers from schools and studios throughout the state will have the opportunity to receive professional feedback and attend dance classes and workshops.
“This is not a competition, but an opportunity to learn from some of the best teachers throughout the country,” CCSU Dance Program Director Catherine Fellows said. “The intention is to widen the students’ ground base in dance.”
Classes and workshops on several dance styles and techniques will be offered throughout the day.
Those classes will include, but will not be limited to, ballet, hip-hop, jazz funk and Afro-Caribbean.
“The main gist of the dance festival is to give high school students an opportunity to come to a university campus,” Fellows continued. “There’s a career panel session and there’s also an adjudicated concert at the end of the day, with high schools that will enter one of their pieces of choreography.”
One of the attractions she emphasized is that participants will be able to perform on CCSU’s “beautiful” Welte stage.
The registration fee for participating schools is $100 and then $50 per student.
That $50, according to Fellows, can be paid by either the school or the student.
“The price that they’re paying for the day would equal what they would pay for one class in a convention,” she stated.
A continental breakfast and snacks will be provided.