Spring 2010 Issue

The best ‘medicine’

Pictured from left to right are: Jaymesa Michie, Emilie Paap and Jameilah Torres

For Yvonne Jones Goodridge, dance is like medicine. “Dance relieves all the stress in my life. It makes me happy,” she said.

Goodridge, a professor of dance, had the opportunity to work out that stress while choreographing “Abstract,” the annual spring dance concert that ran March 26-27 at the Broad Center for the Performing Arts.

Presented by the Fine Arts Dance Program, “Abstract” was billed as “a compilation of improvisations put together to create a global concept of movement.”

From hip hop to ballet, an eclectic mix of dance forms were presented by various Barry dance troupes, including BURDE and the Repertory Dance Ensemble. The performance also featured guest choreographers Helena Thevenot and Erin St. John, and included special performances by A.I.M, BLISS and the Barry Dance Team.

Goodridge, who has directed more than 10 dance concerts at Barry and choreographed numerous musicals, including “Pippin” and “Once on This Island,” said dance is more than a profession.

“Dance is my passion; it has been the outlet of my creativity “she said. “The success I enjoy today is though dance; the years of hard work and dedication are reflected in the students I teach.”