New Hancock Dance Instructor Debuts Choreographic Work in Upcoming "Dimensions in Dance" Show

The fall show runs Oct. 9-13 at the Marian Theatre on the Santa Maria campus

Dimensions in DanceOCTOBER 4, 2019 -- Associate Professor of Dance Sydney Sorenson will debut her first choreographic work as an Allan Hancock College faculty member during the college’s fall Dimensions in Dance show, which runs Oct. 9-13 at the Marian Theatre on the Santa Maria campus.

“I am very excited to be debuting my work at Hancock,” said Sorenson. “The piece I choreographed is special to me. It relates to a journey of the self, stripping away the fog and coming into ‘the now’.”

Dimensions in Dance is an annual fall show presented by the Allan Hancock College Dance Program. This year’s show, directed by Program Coordinator Jesus Solorio, includes a cast of 60 students and student choreographers performing 12 original works in a variety of dance styles ranging from ballet, modern and jazz to contemporary, hip-hop, disco and folklórico.

“The moments I cherish most are with the students,” said Sorenson. “We get to sit down together and talk about how the piece relates to them personally. I love getting to know them as movers and dancers.”     

Sorenson is a native of Salt Lake City, UT, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Modern Dance from the University of Utah in 2013. She received a Master of Fine Arts from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, in 2017. Sorenson worked with the L.A. Contemporary Dance Company and has worked with choreographers such as Alan Hineline, Alex Little, Bonnie Story, Jaci Royal, Ori Flomin, and many others. Sorenson previously worked as an Adjunct Professor at Texas Tech University and West Texas A&M University before joining the faculty at Hancock.

Joining Solario and Sorenson this year are guest celebrity choreographers Alan Salazar and Omar Guillen, and student choreographers Alexis Castillo, Bridget Huffer, Brooke Nevitt, Jadyn Renae, Johna Emerick, Luis Lopez, Jovany Medina-Contreras, and Lyrric Burgos.

Salazar is originally from Mexico City but grew up in Orem, UT. He trained extensively in the disciplines of ballroom, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, ballet, partnering and hip-hop and was a member of award-winning competitive dance teams. He has been teaching for over 18 years and has choreographed for numerous TV shows, including World of Dance, Dancing With The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, The Bachelor, and High School Musical: The Series. Salazar is choreographing a contemporary dance routine for this year’s show.

Guillen started dancing at 13-years-old. He was born and raised in California and grew up dancing at Main Street Dance in Templeton. After graduating from high school, he moved on to pursue his bachelor’s degree in dance. Guillen now lives in North Hollywood, where he is training and pursuing dance at a professional level. He is choreographing a contemporary funk dance routine for this year’s show.

Showtimes for Dimensions in Dance are at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday evenings with a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday and Sunday. Children ages five and older are welcome to attend. Ticket prices range from $17-$20. Tickets can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Box Office in Santa Maria or by calling 1-805-922-8313. Box office hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12:30-7 p.m. and Sunday from 12:30-5 p.m. For more information call 1-805-922-6966 ext. 3845.

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Caption: Associate Professor of Dance Sydney Sorenson (center) will debut her first choreographic work as an Allan Hancock College faculty member during the college's fall Dimensions in Dance show.

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Last Modified Oct 7, 2019