Dance faculty to be highlighted at annual Spring concert event

04.07.2014 | By Andrea Vasquez

The San Jacinto College South Campus will present “Spring into Dance” on Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26.

Featuring choreography from faculty and students from the South Campus fine arts dance program, the concert will include three works presented at the American College Dance Festival in Austin, as well as new choreography by dance faculty Diane Cahill Bedford, Rebekah Chappell, and Brittany Thetford, along with San Jacinto College dance majors. The performance will also feature small and large ensemble works with a range of dance influences, including Contemporary, Jazz, and Ballet.

“This semester, many of the students chose to choreograph and perform in their own pieces,” said Diane Bedford, San Jacinto College dance professor and director of the San Jac Dance Performing Arts Company (PAC). “This is a new approach that the students investigated in their technique classes and wanted to carry over to their work in the performance class.”  

Dance faculty choreography will also be a highlight of this year’s concert. “This concert also serves as a passing of the torch,” said Bedford. Dance adjunct Rebekah Chappell, whose work was recently presented in Houston Choreographers X6, will be leaving the College to pursue her masters of fine arts at University of Iowa. “Rebekah has been an integral part of our students’ growth in the classroom and in performances, and it is only fitting that her piece highlights the material she developed for her solo audition for graduate school,” she added.

Also featured in the concert is the work of new adjunct Brittany Thetford, who recently graduated from Sam Houston State University and performs with NobleMotion locally. “Brittany’s work is fresh, athletic, quirky, and a great challenge for our students, and I look forward to seeing her influence on our students in the future,” said Bedford.

The “Spring into Dance” dance concert will be held on Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m., in the Proscenium Theatre inside the Marie Spence Flickinger Fine Arts Center, located on the South Campus at 13735 Beamer Road in Houston. Tickets are available at the door beginning at 6:45 p.m. for $5.00 cash at door with a San Jacinto College ID and or a $10 general admission donation. For more information, contact Diane Cahill Bedford at 281-484-1900 ext. 3854 or email


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