Capo-Sal-Soeria

Kyle Kershner and Emma Colligan

Seven of the Zodiaque Dance Company members strike a pose while performing Capo-Sal-Soeria choreographed by Tom Ralabate in the October 2019 Zodiaque Concert. Captured by Stefan Ludwig.

Seven of the Zodiaque Dance Company members strike a pose while performing Capo-Sal-Soeria choreographed by Tom Ralabate in the October 2019 Zodiaque Concert. Captured by Stefan Ludwig.

Undergraduate Student Project

Introduction

Zodiaque Dance Company is an undergraduate student group. The company has a strong emphasis on versatility across multiple dance styles and preparing its members for the professional dance world. Thomas Ralabate, a Jazz dance scholar and professor, choreographed this piece titled Capo-Sal-Soeira. Ralabate did extensive research in many styles of dance prior to creating this piece. He seamlessly fused Contemporary, Capoeira and Salsa dance. Capo-Sal-Soeira truly embodied the multifaceted dancing Zodiaque strives to achieve. This high energy piece required a high degree of athleticism and performance quality. This piece captivated the audience engaged through acrobatics, partnering, Latin flair, and sensual movement.

Abstract

This dance composition was created as a fusion of many styles of dance- Contemporary, Capoeira, and Salsa dancing. Thomas Ralabate main goal was to correctly represent each style of dance, while also including his own flare and fusion of the three. Ralabate conducted so much research before setting this piece. Once he began teaching us the choreography, he gave background to all of the movements presented. The end product was incredibly rewarding after all of the research taken, new ideals learned, and movement created.

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