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Sweet Briar College senior Rachel Barnes performs her solo dance piece. 

Trio of Sweet Briar students to perform their senior dance concert

Three Sweet Briar College students will present their senior dance concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8., in the Upper Dance Studio in the Babcock Fine Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Rachel Barnes, Olympia LeHota and Haylei Libran will graduate this spring and have been an essential part of the dance department for the past four years. The dance majors have both choreographed and performed in numerous dances during their time at Sweet Briar.

“It feels incredibly unreal to be performing a Senior Dance Concert. It feels as if just yesterday I was a freshman dancing in a senior show,” Libran said in a news release. “Dancing at Sweet Briar has provided me with a second family. We definitely learn from each other and inspire each other.”

“It’s bittersweet,” LeHota said. “Haylei, Rachel and I have been looking forward to this since we started Sweet Briar. Being a dancer in this department means that we are family.”

From staff reports

Dance professor Mark Magruder is especially proud of the students. “It’s going to be an exciting show,” said Magruder. “They hit the ground running when they arrived at Sweet Briar and haven’t stopped since.”

Barnes, LeHota and Libran also accompanied dance professors Mark and Ella Maguder to an international dance conference in Australia where they performed in a trio that they choreographed. For more information, email Mark Magruder at

From staff reports

Reach Justin Faulconer at (434) 385-5551.

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