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Name: Saxon Schapel

Dance style: I take classes in classical ballet (including Pointe classes), contemporary, and hip hop, but my main focus is in classical ballet.

What are you most looking forward to about the Appalachian Spring Project?

I am most looking forward to working with all of the other dancers to create something new and exciting for others to enjoy.

What do you hope to get out of taking part in this performance project?

I hope to take a number of things away from this performance project, one of which is learning more about choreography. Choreography is a major part of any dancers life, and to learn how it works is something I hope to explore with this project. I also hope to learn how to collaborate with others to create a performance. In the past I have only been able to work by myself in choreography, so I hope I gain experience in this area.

How do you see that it will improve your dance?

I see this project improving my dancing a lot, both with my technique and how I think about dance. With around 5 hours a day for 6 days, I know that my body will be working very hard, therefore my technique will hopefully become better. I also see that working on a large-scale performance like this will definitely make me think more about dance and how it works, and also how to make it different to things you would see every day.

How valuable is this experience for you as a young artist?

This experience is extremely valuable for me as a young artist. It will help me know my body better as a dancer and it will provide an invaluable experience for me as a choreographer, teaching me why certain things work and others don’t. Without this chance I think that it would take longer for me to gain this knowledge and experience than it would without it. I also think that this opportunity will give me an insight to what the career of a choreographer would be like and as to whether it would be something I want to do in the future.

See Saxon bring to life a new choreography in our Appalachian Spring Project Concert on Thu 18 Apr, 7pm at Elder Hall. Buy your tickets here. 

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