Dancentre South Company
  • Dancentre South Company

The Piccolo Spoleto Dance at Noon Series closed out the festival with shows from a variety of companies from throughout Georgia and South Carolina.

The series opened last Monday with the Sumter Civic Dance Company. Two modern dance pieces, “Say” and “Crayola,” were exceptional, featuring expressive movements and fluid, beautiful choreography from some of the company’s strongest dancers. The club kid-inspired dance, “Wobble Baby,” featured their youngest dancers bursting with sass. We were left with some “Riverdance” and “Dancing on the Ceiling” tap numbers, which seemed puzzling, especially to the tweens performing. Only a few dancers in the front seemed to remember the steps, while the rest just watched.

Tuesday brought Kennesaw’s Great Gig Dance Ensemble to the Footlight Players Theatre. The teen dancers had dreamy big-budget costumes and a program they seemed to love performing. They channeled their inner Grace Potters in “Paris (Ooh La La)” as they each seductively bit one of their gloves off to end the dance. The choreography was fresh and fun in “Glitter in the Air.” And who doesn’t love a good glitter shower in a dance piece to a Pink song? The gorgeous duet to “Falling Slowy” left at least this audience member teary and moved. 

Sideways Contemporary Dance presented a sophisticated, hour-long, cohesive piece of modern dance called “Breaking Bounds.” This strong, Atlanta-based professional company of dancers seemed evenly matched in their talent and they moved together like silent kindred spirits. The first three dances seemed to loosely interpret themes from the book Cold Mountain, as “Down to the River to Pray” led into Jack White’s old-time version of “Sittin on Top of the World” and then “My Ain’ True Love.” Themes jumped to ’60s counterculture in the surprising hippie dosing dance to Timothy Leary’s “Trip: The Turn On.”