The Daily Mississippian Ole Miss will host the American College Dance Association South Conference this weekend. This year’s competition, themed “It’s Happening!,” will feature senior journalism major Tucker Robbins, who began dancing and choreographing only two years ago.
Robbins’s piece “Our Time” blends a variety of dance styles such as ballet, hip-hop and contemporary with a spoken poem by Kurt Schroder that explores the concept of how time is always moving forward in life and rules all things.
Robbins said that this ultimately creates an elegant and sophisticated dance piece that can be enjoyed by those with a history in dance or those with a simple appreciation for the art form.
“You can watch my piece without knowing what you’re getting into, and from the beginning you can understand what’s going on,” Robbins said. “If I’m going to put something out there for people to see I don’t want a select crowd to just see it. I want it to be received by as many people as possible but still be appreciated by the dance community.”
Elementary education major Genevieve Rishel, one of the dancers in “Our Time,” said her favorite aspect of the piece is the spoken poem and the larger message it leaves the audience.
“The words shape the movements and it all comes together as a piece that forces the audience to reflect on themselves and their lives and how they are spending it,” Rishel said. “It brings up things about time that I had never considered, and it really digs into the true impact that time has on all of us.”
Jennifer Mizenko, ACDA South Conference director and artistic director of Mississippi: The Dance Company, selected Robbins’s dance piece.
“Each year I select (one) student work from the Ole Miss Student Dance Concert I think is worthy of being adjudicated,” Mizenko …