Chelonia dance returns with exhilarating performances

Chelonia 2023 performances feature work by guest choreographer Alysia Ramos, performed by Beloit students. Performances are 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 9-11 and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 12 at the Neese Theatre. Order tickets online here.

Beloit College’s Chelonia dance concert brings poignant contemporary dance and dynamic hip-hop to its Feb. 9-12 performances.

This year’s concert includes work by guest choreographer Alysia Raymos and performed by Beloit students. Ramos is known for immersing audiences in movements curated from Afro-Caribbean and Latin dance traditions. She spent Jan 23-28 on campus teaching Brazilian funk and Samba classes.

“Join us for dance that delights with a wide range of styles from beautiful and heart-wrenching contemporary to raucous and fun hip-hop, as well as thought-provoking modern works,” said Chris Johnson, professor and director of dance.

Chelonia dance performances are 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 9-11 and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 12 at Beloit College’s Neese Theatre, 600 Bushnell St.

Directed by Johnson, Chelonia is presented each spring by Beloit College’s award-winning dancers. The all-student group will perform new works created by the college’s esteemed dance faculty, renowned guest artists, and inspiring student choreography selected from the December Dance workshop.

Students from all walks of life, cultures, and majors are thrilled to be part of these genre-diverse dance performances and to learn from creative masters, like guest artist Ramos.

Dance often includes multi-media and this year is no exception. Film artist Grace Scott’22 will collaborate with Johnson to explore how ubiquitous digital screens influence our lives.

Works from dance faculty choreographer Gina T’ai and student choreographers Emma Logas’25, Julia Newmark’25, Serafina Tassi’25, and Adrianna Terrell’25 are spotlighted in the February event. Guest lighting designer Eric Moslow will also be back for the 2023 Chelonia production, along with theatre and dance faculty costume designer Shelbi Wilkin.

Chelonia performances are 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 9-11 and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 12 at the college’s Neese Theatre, 600 Bushnell St.

Tickets: students $5, seniors $7, general public $10. Order tickets online here. Box Office/Neese Lobby is open an hour before show time for ticket purchases. For more information, please contact the box office, Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. at (608) 363-2755 or Email:

January 25, 2023

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