An Evening of Dance coming to Darien Arts Center
DARIEN — Jazz, ballroom, ballet — there’ll be something for everyone at the Darien Arts Center’s “Evening of Dance” happening Oct. 8 and 9 at the DAC. An Evening of Dance, now in its 16th year, features student, adult and staff performers, showcasing not only an array of styles, but ages.
“We usually invite the oldest students, like our juniors and seniors in high school, and allow them to perform with us cause we perform sometimes more mature pieces,” said Bonnie Gombos, dance director at the DAC. “But we all learn to blend well. It’s a different style. We’ve been doing it for years and we have students that come back and dance with us. It’s a good opportunity for everyone to be aware of everybody else you’re dancing around.”
Gombos, who has been working at the DAC for 16 years, said the pieces mix between adults only, students only and adults with senior students. In total, 13 dancers will perform over the course of the 90-minute show. There will be about 18 pieces performed.
This year’s performance will feature classical ballet, modern dance, contemporary dance, as well as jazz and ballroom dancing. Instructors and students worked together to develop and choreograph the pieces. This year’s performances include a piece by senior students where they talk in the music to relay a message about overcoming abuse.
“It’s about abuse and how to get over it and being yourself,” said Gombos. “That’s a really heavy piece that I think is quite different.”
An Evening of Dance 2016 will take place at the DAC Weatherstone Studio, behind Town Hall on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 9 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 and reservations are recommended. To make reservations email Bonnie Gombos at Bonnie@darienarts.org or call the Darien Arts Center at 203-655-8683 for more information.