This semester, I’m dancing for the USC Repertory Dance Company as the lead character for the show: Dancing Through an Arabian Night. It’s got a mysterious feel with a theme reminiscent of Aladdin. Last Saturday we had a promotional photo shoot for the show, which was a ton of fun. To learn more about the company, visit their Facebook page here!

The main cast!

Every semester, the Repertory Dance Company (or RDC for short) puts on a show at the Bing Theater. RDC is part of the USC School of Theater and gets a tremendous amount of support from dance faculty, creating a vibrant, creative energy throughout the company. Traditionally, every semester the show alternates between a story-themed show and a “mixed-bag” type of show.

Last year’s show was a compilation of some of the best pieces from RDC performances in year’s past. RDC alumni came back to teach choreography and revamp it for the new show.

A contemporary piece I performed in Spring 2011

In year’s past, I’ve performed with RDC in pieces like Under the Sea (following Hans Christian Andersen’s rendition of The Little Mermaid) and Dancing in the Dark (a dance concert where each piece was patterned after movies from the 80’s til today).

I’m so excited for this semester’s Arabian Nights show!! We have a great cast of talented dancers with a range of backgrounds — from hip hop to jazz, tap, ballet, and anything else you can think of. There’s a place for every style of dancing in the show, which makes it interesting year after year. Different dancers bring their own specialties to the stage. RDC has been a perfect avenue for me to channel my creative energy and I can’t wait to see how the show comes together!