The KC Dance Department is under the new leadership of Angela Falcone, lead dance instructor, who took the reins from Kathy Beckman when she retired last summer.
“[Beckman] gave me her blessing as I took over the program this past summer,” said Falcone. “She retired after more than 35 years here [at KC] and I’m now trying to go in a new direction while continuing her legacy.”
Falcone began her dance education at KC where she performed as one of the “World Famous” KC Rangerettes, from 2007 to 2009. Following her time at KC, Falcone went on to the University of Texas at Austin where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with High Honors in 2012. Eager to return to KC as an instructor, Falcone continued on her dance education track to claim a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Texas Woman’s University.
“It’s been my dream to come back [to KC],” Falcone said. “It’s part of the reason why I went to graduate school to get my master’s degree. Luckily, this position opened up and although I wasn’t finished with my degree yet, I had finished all of my period classes, and TWC allowed me to finish the rest of my degree virtually so I was able to take the job.”
Though Falcone has been lead instructor for a short period of time, she has already begun implementing changes to the dance
“We’re re-vamping the dance club to be more interactive and to provide more opportunities to perform to its members,” Falcone said. “Also, we will be offering Dance Appreciation online Spring 2015 as well as adding an [introduction] to ballet class.”
With the addition of the new classes, Falcone hopes to raise their number of members from 80 to more than 100 by next semester.
In her new lead position, Falcone plans to garner more publicity for the KC Dance Club.
“The Rangerettes are well known around the world and I want the dance team to get recognition as well,” Falcone said. “I want to get our name out there because we are doing great things.”
The KC Dance Club will perform Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance at 6 and 6:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at Rusk and Main Streets in downtown Kilgore as part of the city-wide Halloween Trick-or-Treat events.
The team will perform at the Rangerette Christmas Show, as well as being featured at the Texas Dance Educators Association convention in Houston in January 2015, Falcone said. “The more we can get our name out, and the more active we are in the community, the more prepared the students are for the real world.”