The Foothill College Repertory Dance Company presents This Is Love, its two-hour spring dance concert directed by award-winning choreographer Bubba Gong, May 31 and June 1 at 7 p.m. in the Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. Love Notes, the opening act, will showcase students’ original and experimental works at 7 p.m. The main performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $20, general admission; $15, students, seniors and children. Order tickets online at www.vendini.com or purchase tickets at the Foothill College Box Office one hour before the performance.
Foothill College Dance Director Bubba Gong, a Bay Area Theatre Critics, Drama-Logue and Dean Goodman honoree and Walt Disney discovery, will debut a new contemporary choreography to Puccini’s Tosca, as well as the world premiere of The Coronation of the Last Emperor Pu Yi. Gong will also show a sneak peak of Pi’s Lullaby, a new contemporary ballet from the Academy Award-winning film, Life of Pi, and a rousing Act One closer featuring his interpretation of the smash viral video Gangnam Style. Works by resident student choreographers include Angela Herrera’s Tito Puente-accompanied mambo and specialty act inspired by 50 Shades Of Grey; David Eastman’s lyrical ballet Smash; Kento Vo’s hip-hop Mix, Tara Hart-Rodriguez’s country-Western line dance Crank My Tractor; Bailey Donnelly’s Justin Timberlake-inspired Suit and Tie; and Miguel Ochoa’s hip-hop Thrift Shop and One from A Chorus Line. Danille Grimsby is featured in three star turns, including Country Girl, a Barbara Streisand-inspired vocal Being Good Isn’t Good Enough, and the belly dance Drama Queen. Likewise Fernando Solis has choreographed three student works featuring Britney Spears, a funk duet and a group hip-hop choreography. Kevin San Juan demonstrates the newest dance craze in Whacking. Deanna Woodman chooses ballet technique to showcase her solo Unconstrained scored with a haunting melodic cello.
Foothill’s popular dance program is distinguished by diversity in dance and excellence in inclusion, and will feature soloists from different world cultures, including Lizeth Cuevas in the Ballet folklorico-inspired Morena; Mony Ty in a dance from Cambodia; Tara Harte-Rodriguez showcasing Irish stepdance; Joce Satterberg in Hummingbird; Jessica Angel in an untitled contemporary solo; Elise Dubuisson in a contemporary dance accompanied by live percussion; Melany Montano in Tango: Scent of a Woman; Alan Luo break dances; Angela Herrera performs Jungle; and Adrian Deeve dances Try, a contemporary solo, and with David Eastman, presents a world beat hip-hop.
Guest artists include alumni dancers Trey Miller and Keontae Johnson, and the Sequoia High School Dancers directed by Foothill dance alumna Taylor White Other featured works include a disco trio, color guard choreography, and a burlesque piece.
The Foothill College Repertory Dance Company includes Angela Herrera, Anna Sullivan and Deanna Woodman of Campbell; Maddy Noriega of Daly City; Yifan Gong of Fremont; Jessica Angel. Bailey Donnelly, Danielle Grimsby, Amanda Hancock, Lisa Klein, Miguel Ochoa, Caity Prather, Samantha Pyne, Kevin San Juan and Ysabel Sanchez of Los Altos; David Eastman of Menlo Park; Bob Comstock, Elise Dubuisson, Jessica Foss, Chris Guevara, Sek Benaraman Luck, Xicheng (Alan) Luo, Erika Mueller, Lucas Randall, Fernando Solis, Yuwen Wang and Xu Jialu of Mountain View; Anthony M. Barnes, Tami Burton and Magen Gong-Jensen of Palo Alto; Lizeth Cuevas and Taylor White of Redwood City; John Celona, Terin Kandarian, Ashleigh Keratzedes, Cassandra Murray and Bubba Gong of San Carlos; Beth Cobb, Caitlyn Derouin, Christina Cortez, Kristi Haftorson, Peite Lim, Mony Ty, Eric (Kento) Vo, and Sharleen Young of San Jose; Mamiko Shibayama of San Mateo; Lori Watts of Santa Clara; Tara Harte-Rodriguez, Jenn Loomis and Amanda Nikita Surya of Sunnyvale; and Caitlin Connolly of Austin, TX. The concert includes technical direction by John Celona; assistant direction by Tami Burton and Terin Kandarian; lighting design by Andrea Schwartz; costume design by Katherine Cascante; theatre management by Christina Moore; and house management by Alli McDonald. Polish captains are Sharleen Young, Angela Herrera and Jennifer Loomis.
Gong earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University. He brings his unique show business acumen and more than a quarter century of teaching experience to Foothill to create a dynamic program which celebrates diversity: all levels and techniques, body shapes and sizes in a playground of fun and creativity. An advocate of the arts and dance, he has served on the Silicon Valley Arts Council Board, Peninsula Community Foundation and Association of Asian Pacific American Artists. Recently, he choreographed the Emmy Awards in San Francisco streamed live to 11 countries.
Parking Lots 1 and 8 provide stair and no-stair access to the theatre. Patrons must purchase the required campus parking permit for $3. Purchase permit at dispensers in any student lot. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters. Foothill College is located off I-280 on El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills. For additional information, access www.foothill.edu or call (650) 949-7354.