The Department of Theatre and Dance presents DanceWise: Backwards in High Heels, Friday through Sunday, November 22-24, 2019 at the Tennessee Williams Center’s Proctor Hill Theatre. 

Friday and Saturday, November 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 24 at 2 p.m.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Ticket reservations at:


Under the artistic direction of Courtney World, The Department of Theatre and Dance produces the seventh annual performance of DanceWise. This dance concert will feature performances by nineteen Sewanee students, as well as choreographic premieres by Courtney World, assistant professor of dance, 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

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.