Earlier this month, Capri Richardson closed out her college volleyball career with a win over Montana State.

Next week, the senior will take a step toward wrapping up her minor at "Dance Up Close," the School of Theatre and Dance's annual concert in the Masquer Theatre.

Richardson said her piece is about alter egos.

It "allows me to show a side of me that I don't usually get to show that represents being sexy, strong and independent, and it's kind of feminist-based," she said.

In her first go-round choreographing for a group, she worked in a jazz-funk style with a bit of hip-hop for eight dancers.

"I wanted to do something for my last semester here that went to the heart of who I am," she said.

Richardson is senior psychology major. Her minor, dance, has some crossover with her work on the Griz volleyball team.

Dance "makes me constantly aware of what's going on around me," she said.

"When you're in dance, you talk about spatial awareness," she said. "I use that in volleyball by always checking in with myself while I'm doing a move."

She also said dance helps her pick up movements quickly.

"I've been able to watch someone do a move and replicate it onto my body and then get it within the first few tries," she said. "And then that translates into volleyball when learning something new."

The volleyball season is over, too. The Griz closed their season with a win over Montana State on Nov. 14. She hit .385 and had five blocks, the most of both teams.

Other highlights from the concert, which pairs choreographers with UM dancers, include:

William Munoz, a photographer/videographer who's been adding dance to his portfolio of subjects in the past several years, is collaborating on a duet with Emily Curtiss, a UM dance senior, and Charles Wiseman set to the music of Sigur Ros.

Melissa Britt, a new faculty member from Phoenix, is here for a new UM urban dance residency. Her piece for nine students, “Time Is ...” uses a hip-hop style to contemplate time and perception.

The other participating choreographers are Haley Budge, Hannah Dahl, Aria Faddis, Jordan Freeman, Wyatt Guerrero, Caroline Kinsley, Kathryn Louise and Carissa Lund.

Performances take place on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4-5 and 11-12, at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. in the Masquer Theatre, in the PAR-TV Center at UM.

Tickets cost $16 general, $14 seniors age 60 and older and students with ID, or $10 for children 12 and younger.

For tickets, call the UM Arts Box Office at 243-4581 Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or order online at umt.edu/theatredance.

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