DanceWise: ‘Backwards in High Heels,’ Nov. 22 and 23

Arts & Entertainment

The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of the South presents the seventh annual iteration of DanceWise under the artistic direction of Assistant Professor of Dance Courtney World. DanceWise: “Backwards in High Heels” is a celebration of women through dance, in conjunction with the university’s celebration of 50 years of women at Sewanee.

Bob Thaves, American newspaper cartoonist, once wrote, “Sure, Fred Astaire was great, but don’t forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he did … backwards and in high heels.”

This dance concert will feature performances by 19 Sewanee students, as well as choreographic premieres by World and student choreographers Taela Bland, Adelle Dennis, Caroline Gurek, Sarah Hall, Julia Peacock and Julia Thompson.

Student dancers will perform No One’s Muse, choreographed by guest artist Leanne Rinelli of Leanne Rinelli Movement Arts, based in Tampa, Fla. World will perform a duet with student Taela Bland, and a tap and jazz suite with co-choreographer Adrienne Wilson, director of dance at Auburn University, and three student dancers.

There will be student dance performances by Taela Bland, Robin Kate Davis, Helen Deakle, Margaret Deane, Adelle Dennis, Andrea Fonesca, Paige Greenberg, Caroline Gurek, Sarah Hall, Sarah Jane Kemmer, Isabella Klitzke, Maria Mattingly, Julianna Morgan, Macy Ninness, Julia Peacock, Emma Ross-Sermons, Julia Thompson, Yana Van den Abbeele and Caroline Wright.

There will be special musical appearances by students Erin Elliott and Ally Nicotera.

Costumes were designd by guest designer Jeri Meador, C’11, Professor of Theatre Jennifer Matthews, and student designers Liam Corley and Julia Peacock. Lighting design by Production Intern Chynna Bradford, and students Daniel Hambleton, Tristan Ketchum, and Adrian Thomas.

Performances are Friday through Sunday, Nov. 22-24, at the Tennessee Williams Center on the campus of the University of the South. Friday and Saturday performances, Nov. 22 and 23, will be at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday, Nov. 24, performance will be at 2 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Ticket reservations are available at <>.