Hockey Meets Dance via USF

Pre-game entertainment at Tampa Bay Times Forum features original choreography in a locker room set.


(Counterclockwise from upper left ) USF dancers Taylor Golat, Maury Wiederaenders, Morgan Navarick, Hannah Luckow and Dariaknna Reyes in the glass-enclosed locker room set at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Photo by Scott Audette | Tampa Bay Lightning.


By Barbara Melendez
USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (April 2, 2013) – As Tampa Bay Lightning fans enter the Tampa Bay Times Forum, before they see hockey players, they’ll see USF dancers in a glass-enclosed locker room based on the real thing. 


This unique, pre-game entertainment merging hockey and dance was created by USF School of Theatre and Dance Assistant Professor Andee Scott. Her original work, with input from the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Team Photographer Scott Audette, will be visible to fans on the way to their seats at the arena’s west patio.


The dancers will perform the piece multiple times in the hour prior to the home games on April 2, 4, 9 and 11 (plus one additional home game to be announced).


The performance is a site-specific interpretation of hockey movements on the ice through dance. Using the available hockey equipment as inspiration, the dancers will perform high-energy sequences that will showcase athleticism.


“I am so appreciative of the opportunity to create this piece and give the students a chance to perform in a non-traditional space,” Scott said.  “It is a unique way to share what we do at the USF School of Theatre and Dance with a broader audience.”


Audette said, “We are very excited to be partnering with the USF School of Theatre and Dance for this unique performance piece. The Lightning continue to work at finding new ways to meld the great sport of hockey and the local arts community.  We would like to sincerely thank USF for making this one-of-a-kind piece possible, and we hope Lightning fans enjoy the show.”


Tampa Bay Lightning information and game times can be found on the team's website or the USF Theatre and Dance website.


Barbara Melendez can be reached at 813-974-4563.