Krissy Smith-Fry started a dance program at USU four years ago and the two companies she directs are about to stage their year-ending concert, “Chromatics – Life in Color.” The companies, Full Circle and Vilociti, perform Thursday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Chase Fine Arts Center’s Kent Concert Hall. “I was a dance major at another university and transferred to Utah State after my freshman year,” she said. “There was nothing here for students who wanted to continue to dance. I just decided to start a program. I do it to give students the opportunity to continue in their passion and to continue to grow not only as dancers but as students.” Smith-Fry said after she formed the dance company she started a push to encourage the school’s administration to reinstate dance as an academic program. “We use our dance companies to show not only the community but the university that dance is still very much a part of university life at Utah State.” Should the USU administration decide to reinstate dance, it could be at least three years away. “I am really hopeful. Dr. (Craig) Jessop (Dean of the Caine School of the Arts) is really pushing for this program as is President Albrecht’s wife, Joyce. We are hoping within the next few years we can get the program reinstated.” Smith-Fry said the number of interested students grows each year with now 32 members in the two companies. Four performers dance in both companies. She said Full Circle is a modern or contemporary, jazz-based company including dancers who have a lot of technical training. “Vilociti is hip hop and break dance based, they are the more street style dancers. “Both companies are extremely athletic. We had 75 students audition for Full Circle and there were 68 at the Vilociti audition,” she said. “There is high interest and that is very exciting for us.” Smith-Fry said this year’s concert is based on color. She said the idea is to depict the wide variety of ways we use color in everyday life. “We identify with colors as humans. For example some people identify with red as evil or as the color of love. We attempt in this show to have a wide variety of pieces that are really light and fun and happy and others that get the audience to feel something that they’re not really comfortable with.” Tickets are less expensive if purchased online (arts.usu.edu) or in advance at the Chase Fine Arts Center ticket office.
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