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Student-Choreographed Hip-Hop Show at the Colleges

“Concrete Presents a Hip-Hop Story” will include HWS and Geneva High School dancers
(April 7, 2005) GENEVA, N.Y.—A William Smith first-year student has choreographed her own hip-hop show, starring both Hobart and William Smith Colleges students and Geneva High School students. Titled “Concrete Presents a Hip-Hop Story,” the show will be presented at 8:15 p.m. on Friday, April 15, in the Winn-Seeley Dance Theatre, on the Colleges campus. Tickets are $2 for HWS students and $3 for all others, and are on sale before the show in the HWS Scandling Center.

Youmie Francois, a first-year student from Bronx, N.Y., wanted to do something on campus to use her choreography and dance skills in hip-hop and R&B. But, she says, “I create dances. I wanted to see my work, not be in it.”

The result is a show comprised of 18 dancers, with dances completely choreographed by Francois. Although she is studying to teach English literature, she also plans to own a series of dance studios. For the practice and her portfolio, Francois intends to put on a hip-hop show at the Colleges every year until she graduates from William Smith.

On campus Francois taught a hip-hop class earlier this semester at the Sport and Recreation Center, as part of the center's group exercise series. She holds a choreography certification from the Young Dancemakers Co., a six-week intensive program based in Ethical Culture Fieldston School, in New York, N.Y. She has also choreographed drama productions at her high school.

“I think it's a great opportunity to be in this show,” says fellow William Smith first-year student Tonnica Thomas, who is one of the dancers and assists in remembering the choreography. “I have taken dance classes in high school, but I'm a Caribbean girl–I did reggae and soca and some R&B. I'd never done hip-hop. It's challenging at times, but when I practice it all makes sense.”

Francois is in the Bible study club, and has participated in the chess club and the Caribbean Student Association.