'Fall for Dance' to feature spectrum of choreography (video)
Sept. 25, 2013 at 4:25 a.m.
Courtney Bosier lost her cousin, Eric Taylor Sr., earlier this year in a fatal car crash.
After mourning the loss, she set out to transform her grief into art the best way she knew how - through dance.
It's through a choreographed dance of graceful movements that she hopes to evoke feelings of hope and faith during a premiere performance Saturday as part of "Fall for Dance" at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts.
The 21-year-old Victoria native has been involved with the Victoria Ballet Theatre since she was 10 years old. After watching "The Nutcracker" in third grade, she begged her mom to let her take ballet lessons. She soon found herself at the Busby Dancenter, learning how to leap, run and move like the dolls and the sugarplums on stage that magical night. Eventually, she joined the Busby team as an instructor and worked her way to company manager for Victoria Ballet Theatre. She is also an artist in residence with the ballet company.
This year, the ballet company added "Fall for Dance" to its schedule, which includes its annual performance of "The Nutcracker" and the spring performance of "Swan Lake."
Busby's dance instructors and invited guest instructors came up with an extra program that would showcase the different styles of dance. The program includes eight performances by more than 60 dancers of the Busby Dancenter, including pieces choreographed by Brenda Tally and Debbe Busby.
Guest choreographers include Darrell Cleveland, formerly of Dallas Black Dance Theatre; Pearl Pierce of Midland Festival Ballet; Madeline Jazz Harvey of Carolina Dance Theatre and a return performance of a piece choreographed by Dominic Walsh.
"We wanted to be able to show everything our company has to offer; our girls are really well-rounded - they train just as hard in ballet as they do modern and jazz," said Bosier.
Her piece, titled "Vision of Truth," is choreographed to an original score written by her brother-in-law, Aaron Boyd, and performed by seven dancers between the ages of 10 and 27.
As the girls dance the routine that she's watched hundreds of times in her head, Bosier is busy counting the steps and waiting for cues from the music. She knows every move, from the flow of their fingers to which foot the dancers land on after each leap, because she put in the time planning the dance by moving pennies on a table as a chess player moves pawns across a board.
"You never want the stage to look naked. So you want to play with your layers and think about how everything is going to look on stage," she said.
"It's amazing to watch the girls grow and to be able to help," she said. "We learn so much about dance and who we are, and I'm just glad I can be a part of that."
Hailey Regenbrecht not only is dancing in Bosier's piece but also choreographed a dance to be performed by her peers during "Fall for Dance."
She has been dancing with the ballet company since she was 3 years old and decided this year she would ask to choreograph a performance.
"It was really fun experience and something new," said Regenbrecht, 16. "I kind of recreated some movements and changed them to give them a different feeling."
Before she began planning "Harmony: A New Beginning," she said an idea grew in her head about Mother Nature and her "seedlings," which is what she calls some of the dancers in her piece. She choreographed a dance that blends ballet and contemporary moves to tell a story of bringing new life.
Regenbrecht, who is home-schooled and lives in Lavaca County, is excited to show off some of her skills and to be a part of Bosier's choreography.
"I love pieces that have a really good meaning and give you an opportunity to portray a particular feeling," she said.
Julie Janecka, a special education teacher at DeLeon Elementary School, performs as the lead dancer in Bosier's piece.
"It's easier for me to express myself through dance. ... So it is just such an honor to dance a piece that means so much to a choreographer," said Janecka, 27, of Victoria.
She has been dancing since age 2 and now teaches at the dance studio. Having been a part of the ballet company for so long, she believes "Fall for Dance" shows just how much the group has grown.
"What's great about it is that it showcases the various choreography and talents," said Janecka. Dances include ballet, contemporary, jazz and whimsical pieces that include the works of Dr. Seuss.
Bosier has a small case of the jitters, but she knows her girls are going to do really well. As they don their symbolic red and white costumes and take the stage, she reminds the audience that each person has a journey, and through it, there is always truth that becomes clear.
"There's always hope, and there's always redemption," she said.