The seventh annual performance of DanceWise, under the artistic direction of Assistant Professor of Dance Courtney World, will feature performances by 19 Sewanee students.

The Department of Theatre and Dance produces the seventh annual performance of DanceWise under the artistic direction of Assistant Professor of Dance Courtney World. This dance concert will feature performances by 19 Sewanee students, as well as choreographic premieres by World and student choreographers Taela Bland, Adelle Dennis, Caroline Gurek, Sarah Hall, Julia Peacock, and Julia Thompson. Student dancers will perform No One’s Muse choreographed by guest artist Leanne Rinelli of Leanne Rinelli Movement Arts, based in Tampa, Florida. World will perform a duet with student Taela Bland, and a tap and jazz suite with co-choreographer Adrienne Wilson, director of dance at Auburn University, and three student dancers. 

DanceWise: Backwards in High Heels is a celebration of women through dance, in conjunction with this year’s celebration of 50 years of women at Sewanee. “Sure [Fred Astaire] was great, but don’t forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he did … backwards and in high heels.” – Bob Thaves 

Performances at the Tennessee Williams Center’s Proctor Hill Theatre will be Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22 and 23, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 24, at 2 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Ticket reservations at

Student dance performances by Taela Bland, Robin Kate Davis, Helen Deakle, Margaret Deane, Adelle Dennis, Andrea Fonesca, Paige Greenberg, Caroline Gurek, Sarah Hall, Sarah Jane Kemmer, Isabella Klitzke, Maria Mattingly, Julianna Morgan, Macy Ninness, Julia Peacock, Emma Ross-Sermons, Julia Thompson, Yana Van den Abbeele and Caroline Wright. 

Special musical appearances by students Erin Elliott and Ally Nicotera. 

Costume design by guest designer Jeri Meador (C’11), Professor of Theatre Jennifer Matthews, and student designers Liam Corley and Julia Peacock. 

Lighting design by Production Intern Chynna Bradford, and students Daniel Hambleton, Tristan Ketchum, and Adrian Thomas.