Chi Tau Epsilon to showcase original choreography during two nights of diverse performances

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Dance majors and non-dance majors alike will showcase their talent in the Performing Arts Center Dance Theatre this Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m.

The dance honor society Chi Tau Epsilon is responsible for the Dances at 8 fundraiser which has been around for about 10 years and is put on once each semester.

President of XTE, Alexis Preston, said that performances are put together by the students, with each choreographing their own routine.

Its really just a way for us to reach out past our department and give people a discounted price for a dance performance, Preston said. Its just what they want to do and I guess its more personal so it seems more genuine. Its a lot of fun.

Secretary of the organization, Michelle Cantua, said that to expect a diverse show with a variety of dance styles including modern, jazz and hip-hop.

My favorite part is that you get to see a different side of students a lot of times, Cantua said. You get to see them in their element and what theyre good at. So its really interesting to see everyones different abilities.

Cantua said there will also be a good mix of duets, solos and group numbers each night with an added solo performance Thursday night performed by alumni Jarell Rochelle.

The idea of the show is to give students the opportunity to showcase their choreography because a lot of other times they may not always have that chance, Cantua said. This is just a way they can perform.

Vice President of XTE, Madison Cooper, expects attendees to enjoy themselves both nights.

Its one great show on two nights, Cooper said. We have 14 pieces currently and theyre all different and its really just showcasing the different talent we have in our department and different ways to express yourself.

Tickets for Dances at 8 cost $5 and can be bought at the door or in the ticket office in the PAC.