Revels in Different Steps
Peppy dance representatives hyped the crowd up in Warner Main Space
on Friday afternoon for the year’s first studio dance concert.
Members of the College’s dance community came to support their
peers as they performed short pieces from their classes and individual
The dance department holds three studio concerts per semester to provide
a casual performance opportunity for student dancers.
First was a blues improv piece, performed by Brian Hogan, Satoko Kanahara
and Abigail Wallace, that was originally done as a group project in
which the students were asked to synthesize steps taught to them in
class. The piece was entertaining and funny with a humorous storyline
about two women fighting over a man. The group used swing steps like
“the Charleston” and “Crazy Legs,” and sultry
blues moves like the “Bump and Grind.”
The students of Improv I performed a tango piece in all black attire,
complete with a red rose in each dancer’s mouth, while the more
advanced students of Improv III played a large game of “Follow
the Leader” to racy techno music.
At a more advanced level, the students of Choreography I experimented
with choreography, changing the rhythms, styles and directions of
the moves. It was interesting to see how different one piece could
look when personal twists are added to it.
The performance drew in a moderate crowd, but most of the audience
and all of the performers were dance students. The option to participate
and observe is open to everyone in the College community, but either
because of unawareness or disinterest very few students from outside
the dance community choose to do so.
“It’d be nice if more people came and did stuff,”
Loren Groenendaal, who is also a dance representative, said.
In the past, “And What?!” showed previews to advertise
for their upcoming concerts and choreographers from Fall Forward and
Spring Back used the opportunity for advertisement as well. The dance
representatives extend their invitation to anyone who wants to perform:
Ex-Cos, faculty, students, etc. But the non-dancers who do come to
the shows are always supportive.
“The student body who does not dance appreciate dance a lot,”
Ashley Smith, another dance representative said.
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