Dance Club dazzles in spring showcase

Students dancing in the routine entitled “Troop 401,” which had a track mix of “Goodies” by Ciara ft. Petey Pablo, and “Lemon” by N.E.R.D. and Rihanna.

Isabella Gentile, Features Editor

If you were walking through the Recreation Center after 8 p.m. last Wednesday, you were bound to hear the music behind meticulously choreographed dance routines and loud applause coming from the Fieldhouse. RWU’s Dance Club held its showcase on April 11, entitled “Everybody Dance Now.” With 26 dances on the lineup, there were routines of multiple genres to entertain the crowd.

Following a slideshow presentation consisting of photos of the Dance Club members throughout the year, the officers came out on stage to introduce the show. They thanked all of the choreographers and dancers who put so much effort into the show, and attested to the dedication of everyone involved.

Dance Club Secretary, senior Krystal Cardin, said, “We’ve been working really hard this semester, and we’re really excited to show you guys.”

The four officers also introduced the new officers for the 2018-2019 school year before getting into the dances. The new inductees looked excited to fulfill their roles come the fall semester. 

As the dances themselves took on multiple genres throughout the show, the music was varied as well. Routines such as “We Won’t,” choreographed by sophomore Shae Lelievre, and “Little Much,” choreographed by junior Samantha Rose Verity, took on more somber tones as each song tells the story of a kind of heartbreak. All of the student dancers conveyed serious emotions during these performances, and their portrayals corresponded well to the music.

Some of the routines played a more upbeat role in the show, such as the routines entitled “God’s Plan,” “Afrobeats Dance,” and “Jason Derulo,” the third of which was a carefully crafted mix of the artist’s songs. Hip hop moves were incorporated into some of these pieces as dancers moved joyfully to the beat. The Senior Dance took on a more positive note as well, as all of the senior members of Dance Club came out on stage together and performed to a mix of “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon, “One Dance” by Drake, “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars, and Cardi B’s “Bartier Cardi.”

Intermixed throughout the show were four officers’ solos, each of which took on a different vibe. Senior Alyssa Mulhall, the club’s treasurer, performed a contemporary piece to Rihanna’s “Love on the Brain.” Cardin’s solo was a true testament to self confidence, as she performed to Demi Lovato’s “Sorry Not Sorry,” shedding a concealing trench coat for a sparkling green dress. Senior Vice President Jackie Lyons executed an elaborate tumbling sequence in her performance to “High” by Whethan and Dua Lipa. Finally, Senior Megan Krisowaty, Dance Club president, added a touch of humor to her routine, coming out on stage with a cardboard sign that read “Will Dance for Money,” as Gwen Stefani’s “Rich Girl” played in the background.

There were other specific standout moments in the show, such as the routine “Love Lockdown,” which featured a rotation of tap dancers on three raised platforms, tapping along to the calculated beats. The rhythm was emphasized and the tapping really added to the intensity of the dance as a whole.

As the final bows began, dance club officers hugged each other on stage and emotions were definitely out on the floor as their time in the club comes to an end.