Guest Celebrities to Perform and Choreograph for Hancock's Dance Spectrum, Spring Show Runs March 15-18

Performances will be held in the Marian Theatre on the Santa Maria campus

MARCH 7, 2018--Allan Hancock College dancers are gearing up for the dance program’s annual spring show, Dance Spectrum, which runs from Thursday, Mar. 15 through Sunday, Mar. 18 in the Marian Theatre on the Santa Maria campus. Dance instructor Jesus Solorio will direct the cast of more than 60 dancers in 14 original works, including ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, tap, Chinese, pop and Latin fusion.

“This year’s show will be bigger and better than ever,” said Solorio, who infused new creative and innovative ideas. “We are using new props and effects, including a new projector to show video behind our dancers. We also have four guest choreographers who all bring something unique, inspiring and memorable to the stage.”

The four guest choreographers include: Melinda Sullivan; Chasen Greenwood; and extreme martial arts duo Seth Austin and Donald Mills.

Sullivan is a renowned tap dancer and choreographer, whose mentors include the Jazz Tap Ensemble, Jason Samuels Smith, and the late Harold Cromer. Best known from FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” Sullivan has enjoyed a career in dance, television and theatre. Her stage credits include Disney’s “High School Musical,” the 25th anniversary tour of “Cats” and touring with Jason Samuels Smith’s tap dance company Anybody Can Get It (ACGI). Sullivan received the 2012 Capezio Award for Choreographic Excellence, and she was named among the “25 to Watch” in Dance Magazine. Sullivan’s film and television credits include “Glee,” “As the World Turns,” “90210,” “The Goldbergs,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” and the musical “LaLa Land.” Sullivan received the World Dance Award for Best Choreography of Television Episodic. Sullivan serves on the faculty at Colburn School in Los Angeles, as well as New York City Dance Alliance.

For Dance Spectrum, Sullivan choreographed “Cold Turkey,” a groovy tap piece that explores relationships through a cat and mouse game and quitting it cold turkey. The original piece is set to Shoshana Bean’s “Cold Turkey.”

Austin has established himself as a successful actor and stuntmen. Austin competed in open karate tournaments for years and became one of the core members of the performance martial arts team, Sideswipe. He has traveled the world performing and appeared on “Dancing with the Stars,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “America’s Got Talent,” and toured with Britney Spears. Currently focused on acting, Austin appeared in recent episodes of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,” ”The Orville,” “Walk the Prank,” and “S.W.A.T.”

Mills, a world-renowned sparring champion, began his training at the age of five. Eventually, Mills met Matt Mullins and joined his extreme martial arts show, Sideswipe Live. During the show, Mills performed extreme karate movements and showcased his skills with nunchucks and sparring. Mills has won countless sparring competition titles around the world, performed on “America’s Got Talent” and toured with Britney Spears. Mills earned opportunities to appear on “Justice League,” “Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Call of Duty: WWII” and “Teen Wolf.” He also served as the body double of the main character in the movie “Daredevil,” and most recently played a solider in “Wonder Woman.”

Mills and Austin have teamed up to choreograph an upbeat mixed martial dance fusion piece for Dance Spectrum. Hip hop, contemporary dance and extreme martial arts movement are blended in “Sideswipe,” a number that is set in a high-energy environment. Both guest choreographers will perform alongside student dancers.

A singer, dancer and choreographer, Greenwood was dubbed by Dance Magazine as “One to Watch.” He began his career in Chuck Norris films, sang with LeAnn Rimes, and performed in musicals “Casper,” “Oliver,” “The Music Man,” “All My Sons,” and “West Side Story.” He changed paths to dance, training on scholarship with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Houston Ballet, Ballet Austin, Texas Ballet Theatre, and was Balanchine-trained under Lisa Cuzion. Greenwood has choreographed for Eva Longoria, Kid Conrad, and Amber Blu. He received “Best Young Choreographer” at Regional Dance America Southwest. Greenwood has toured nationally with State Street Ballet as a soloist and is now a company member with the Barak Ballet in Los Angeles. His original work in Dance Spectrum is choreographed to “Fires of a Revolution” by Musicalbasics.

Other Hancock faculty and staff choreographers include Horacio Heredia, Shandy Mann, Ben Reyes, Jaclyn Kriewall and Solorio. Student choreographers are Cecelia Andrade, Elvis Barrera, Amanda Cuevas, Stanford Midling and Luis Lopez.

From Thursday through Saturday, the shows begin at 7 p.m. There are 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Children ages five and older are welcome to attend.

Tickets are $16 and $18, and can be purchased at the college's Performing Arts Center Box Office on the Santa Maria campus or by calling (805) 922-8313. Box office hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12:30 – 7 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 – 5 p.m.  For more information, call 1-805-922-6966 ext. 3845.

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