Above: Lowell Dance Company performs "Fall Rally." Photo by Anita Liu
On April 19 and 20, Lowell's Dance Department showcased pieces they’ve been working on at the annual spring dance concert. This year’s overarching theme was “Encompass” because all of the pieces included a little bit of everything from a variety of styles to emotions to intentions. The art of dance encompasses all aspects of life and gives us meaning, depth, and a platform for expression.
This year’s dance concert was directed by Brenda Palaby, who is filling in for Wendy Jones, who is currently on sabbatical. This was the first time Palaby directed a dance show. Palaby is a Lowell alumna as well as a former Dance Company member.
Palaby described the process of putting on a dance production as challenging, but rewarding. She has had to choreograph pieces for every class, get permission to use the auditorium, and direct every rehearsal. “There’s a lot of things that go into it that you don’t realize as a student or even as a dancer,” Palaby said. “I’ve been a part of many productions but I haven’t been responsible for all the behind the scenes aspects that go into it. It’s a lot for one person, I had a lot of learning to do, but it was really fun.”