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Wednesday, April 4,2012

A musical melting pot

LCC's 'American Spirit' has a little of everything

by Adam Ilenich

When you call your show “The American Spirit,” you want a cast that reflects that idea. So director Vickie Diebold brought together 30 dancers and multiple styles for the Lansing Community College spring concert.

“We have everything,” said Diebold, the head of LCC´s dance department. “We have tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, lyrical, modern — we have all genres of dance represented in the show.” 

As for her dancers, Diebold said, “We’ve got a wide range of performers. We’ve got high school students, which are the youngest, and of course the college students and then professional people from the Lansing area, and then the oldest are in their 60s.” 

The concert goes back to the days before the country even existed.

“The show actually begins with a piece called ´New Beginning´ by recognizing the Native Americans who were here before we got here,” Diebold said.

“The idea behind the show was to show the melting pot and how we come together when times are tough, no matter where we’re from or where our background is. We pull together as a nation and as a people, and that’s what the show is about — the dancers come from such different backgrounds and places in their lives and we’ve pulled together to do this show.

“We’re trying to show that even though we’re all diverse, and come from different backgrounds and have different ideas that we’re still one. We come together to accomplish the best things possible.”

‘The American Spirit’

Lansing Community College Performing Arts

Dart Auditorium

8 p.m. Thursday, April 5, and Friday, April 6; 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7

$10; $5 students, LCC staff, faculty and alumni

(517) 372-0945

www.lcc.edu

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