GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Stockton Associate Professor Rain Ross’ student dancers will create, rehearse and perform on the Atlantic City Boardwalk on Friday.
“After a year of isolation, the spring has brought a sense of hope, especially as the vaccines are being rolled out. I wanted to create something that is an event and a performance to showcase this feeling of hope,” Ross said.
Starting at 10 a.m., the students will begin to create dances, rehearsing throughout the day. At 4:30 p.m., the students will then present their final work outside of the Stockton Atlantic City Residential Complex, 3701 Boardwalk.
Ross said this performance builds on a drive-in dance performance students held in a parking lot on the Galloway campus and an outdoor ballet class she held on the Boardwalk in the fall.
The rain date will be April 16.
“I’m excited that we are creating something that is a full day event so many people can experience live performance, whether they plan to come by intentionally or pass by and pause at the unexpectedness,” Ross said.
Participating students are seniors Alexa Angelucci of Florence, Ciara Civitello of Egg Harbor Township and Agnes Cancio of Union; junior Cecilia Mitchell of Montclair, and first-year students Abigail Bell of Jackson and Brooke Butler of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
“It has definitely been strange to shift into this virtual experience, especially knowing that I would never perform live on the Stockton stage again,” Angelucci said. “That is what makes this opportunity so special, a chance to perform live before I graduate. I am of course looking forward to performing and dancing, but also that my parents will get to see me perform one last time at Stockton.”
Mitchell said she has missed collaborating with others, so she jumped at the chance to participate.
“I miss being able to explore ideas and movement with others so I am definitely looking forward to learning, creating and investigating with people again,” Mitchell said. “As an artist, being stuck in the pandemic world has been challenging both mentally and physically. I miss being able to see and be a part of live performances, and I am excited to take part in a project that includes both.”