By Luke Newby/reporter

An assembly of faculty and guest dancers will perform at the 10th annual dance showcase Merge to start at 5:30 p.m. April 12 at Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth.

Amy Jennings, NW dance associate professor, said the event is a good opportunity for dance students.

“We are a blend of artists joining in one moment in dance history to perform and share our works with one another and for the community,” Jennings said. “Students also greatly benefit because they are seeing and experiencing our art from guest artists that they may have not had access to see. It allows them to have connections with dance artists in the field.”

The performers range from district faculty to guest dance artists who offer a variety of styles and influences.

The title gives insight to how dancers blend or come together, Jennings said.

“The word ‘merge’ has a soft, fluid tone,” she said. “It is not abrupt and carries weight and meaning to it, and that is how we feel about our art in dance, when we see one another and get to perform on the same stage.”

Jennings said they will show off a number of genres including post-modern, tap, contemporary and Ballet Folklorico.

The location will also play a role in the experience, Jennings said.

“Sundance Square lends itself because of the architecture design to allow dance to have an endless ceiling in movement,” she said. “We are able to bring dance to the community rather than asking the community to come to you.”