Megan Castranio '09
Let It Within was a piece that explored the merging of ballet (my training previous to Denison) and contemporary (dance form I was introduced to at Denison).
I had the opportunity to "meet" many different kinds of choreography and many different dance works of art in my coursework, but I wanted to get a sense of what that merging felt like in my own mind and body.
I created movements while dancing with one barefoot and one pointe shoe by visualizing ideas and movements, drawing and writing them down. Then I went to the studio to test these ideas and develop them further. I also tried choreographing on the spot during rehearsals. I used music to inspire me but did not commit to using the same music in the final performance. My goal was to make a new kind of vocabulary that was my own, and still not make a separation between ballet and contemporary dance.