Student choreographer (and recent alumna) Lauren Connolly presents work at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Plenty of recent college grads were moving back with their folks over Memorial Day weekend or starting to pound the pavement for work; recent Mason Gross School of the Arts Dance B.F.A. grad Lauren Connolly was busy showing her choreography at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.Connolly and MGSA dancers at The Kennedy Center

The dance, Vacillation Revisited, was performed at the biennial National College Dance Festival, which took place from Thursday, May 27, through Saturday, May 29, 2010, at The Kennedy Center.

Connolly, 22, of Emerson, N.J., says she was elated upon finding out her choreography would be performed at The Kennedy Center. Learning the news “was almost like [receiving] an Oscar,” she says. “I just screamed.”

Connolly was chosen earlier this year at the Mid-Atlantic Regional American College Dance Festival to represent the region at the prestigious Kennedy Center, which has hosted performances by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and the Limón Dance Company, among others.

The young choreographer says in Vacillation Revisited she chose to focus on the struggle that accompanies indecision.  

“I’m very interested in the psyche,” Connolly says. “I’m very interested in the humanity of things and how that can be represented…In the duet, they’re going back and forth on every subject.”

Vacillation Revisited featured several dancers from the Mason Gross Dance Department: Christina Lynch of Maple Shade, N.J., Kyle Marshall of Newark, N.J., recent graduate Valorie Morales of Uncasville, Conn., Nicholas Sciscione of Elizabeth, N.J., Scott Schneider of Green Pond, N.J., and recent graduate Jennifer Williams of Succasunna, N.J.