Dance Ensemble is made up of approximately 30 dancers who perform in a variety of styles including tap, hip-hop, jazz, ballet, contemporary, and lyrical. We have three shows a year: Our Family Weekend Show, our Benefit Show, and our Spring Show. Our Dance Team, which is also under the umbrella of Dance Ensemble, performs at the football games and basketball games on campus.
What do you love most about being in Dance Ensemble?
What we love most about Dance Ensemble is that we are able to express our love for dancing while still being dedicated students. Dance Ensemble allows us to continue to use dance as an outlet and challenges our creative thinking through choreographing and working with such a large group. DE is also a very close-knit group and strong support system for every member. We are also student-run, allowing each officer to play a big role in the organization of the ensemble. Both of us have met some of our closest friends while on DE and we have loved seeing every member grow through DE.
What is special about this year’s Benefit Show?
This year’s benefit show is special because all of the proceeds we raise will go to the JED foundation. This foundation is instrumental in promoting emotional health and preventing suicide among college and university students. Because the JED foundation is focused on supporting our specific age group, we thought it would be a great foundation to give back to. We hope that our show will help others to acknowledge that mental health issues are prevalent among college campuses and that we must act in order to help the individuals that need us to listen.
In addition to the wonderful cause we are supporting, the benefit show is special because there will be performances by a capella groups Fools on the Hill and Sons of Pitches. We are so excited for these two groups to be featured in our show because it shows how the performing arts groups on campus support one another. We also have class dances in our benefit show. These dances allow all members of the class of 2017, 2018 and 2019 to get together with their respective classes to choreograph a dance that includes dancers from all different styles within DE. Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about our seniors; their class dance is in our spring show.
Upcoming Performance: Friday, February 19th @ 7pm in the Hogan Ballroom
-Lauren Campson ‘16 & Carly O’Brien ‘17, Co-Chairs of HCDE