The WMU School of Dance hosted a student-run concert, featuring performances by Ebony Vision, DIGS and 269 Crew, all dance-focused Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), at the Dalton Center on 11 , 12 and 13 November.
Choreographed dance pieces were performed to a variety of music ranging from “Come Together” by The Beetles to “Déjà Vu” by Beyonce. Like the musical choices, the style of the dances performed were also diverse, with tap dancing, solo performances and large group pieces filling the stage. For many artists, it was a fun and moving experience.
Maia Dumas, president of DIGS, a tap-focused dance RSO, shared her feelings during the evening.
“I had a whirlwind of emotions,” Dumas said. “I was excited, also nervous, but as soon as the music started and we started tapping and everything calmed down, my emotions calmed down and I felt joyful and blessed to be able to be here.”
Dancer Lloyd Rock described the feeling of having one of Saturday’s sold-out shows.
“I feel like I got the performance sold out and it was all really exciting and a great time,” Rock said.
Likewise, Dumas felt satisfied with Saturday’s sold-out show. Dumas is a senior and will soon be graduating.
“It was very exciting to be able to sell out, to have the show sold out and to be able to see people’s faces. since this is my last show, i was just really excited to be able to have this experience with everyone and show everyone my talent and everything.
Not only did WMU students perform in the show, they also choreographed and produced it.
“When his student ran, you can really feel a nice collaborative environment; everyone supports each other,” said Juliana Stavola, director of 269 Crew, a hip hop dance RSO.
Like the Stavola dancers, Jessica Welch and Yanna Caldito found the atmosphere very friendly and had a great experience.
“It was fun; it was a really good way to make friends and build community,” Welch said.
“Everyone in this program is really welcoming, so it’s a really welcoming environment and everyone’s really supportive of everyone, so it was really fun,” Caldito added.
While the gig was fun for the performers, it was also an experience built on weeks if not months of hard work. With auditions at the start of the semester and rehearsals starting soon after. Welch described in more detail how a typical workout rehearsal went for her.
“Practices were usually two hours long, a lot of it was just setting up the choreography and redoing what the choreographer wanted over and over, making corrections obviously, going home and practicing the material, then coming back. , and then spending time like figuring out costumes and how it was all going to work.
These practices often took place once or twice a week and, in some cases, went on for months. The evening was the culmination of dedication and hard work that was showcased to the audience through four performances filled with dynamic and skillful dancing.