So you think you can dance, or do you just want to try? IC boasts a number of dance clubs for everyone to get their groove on.
Rock Hard Dance Company
This coed group not only spends rehearsal time learning choreography but also helps its members improve technique and expand their repertoire. “We all have a lot to learn from one another,” says former Rock Hard artistic director Megan Mizanty ’10. They incorporate contemporary ballet, hip-hop, modern dance, and their own unique styles in their performances at campus events such as Family Weekend, the AIDS Ride for Life, Alumni and Homecoming Weekend, and guest performances with fellow student dance organization IC Unbound. Practice is led by a different company member each week, and everyone contributes to the choreography of their final showcase at the end of the year.
Each semester, the veteran members of IC Breakers encourage students to join them in sharing new moves while developing and showing off their individual styles. Previous break-dancing experience is “always a plus,” says former member Ian Turner ’10, “but we definitely get newcomers who have zero experience,” making IC Breakers both a learning and teaching environment. “We are structured very loosely and like to joke around,” Turner says, describing the tight-knit group as “more like a family and less like a rigid organization.”
Turner says their annual break-dancing competition at the end of the spring semester is a large accomplishment for a small organization “because it deals with sponsorship, contacting b-boys [male break-dancers], and getting reputable judges.”
Members of several IC dance clubs posed for Fuse photographer Allison Usavage '11 in a studio for this issue. Check out all the fantastic shots in this slideshow.
Dancing with the Stars fans get their turn in the spotlight with IC Ballroom, a lesson-based and competitive dance organization. The club is broken up into two sections: students who teach ballroom dance, and those on the team, which trains for competitions and is a subdivision of the club. Former president Katie Crutchfield ’10 worked with both parts of IC Ballroom all four years and helped create a partnership with Cornell University to host the Cayuga DanceSport Challenge. Last year’s event drew teams from 16 other schools, including the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and New York University. Says Crutchfield: “We offer a place to learn, socialize, and just enjoy the art of dance and movement.”
This year, the two schools once again hosted the challenge, this time at IC’s Hill Center Gymnasium. The competition featured a show by professional Latin dancers Nikolai Shpakov and Tatiana Banko.
The largest dance club on campus, with about 70 participants each semester, IC Unbound supports every style of dance, including jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, contemporary, and ballet. The student-choreographed shows at the end of each semester are a must-see, where during a showcase a dancer may go from a tap number straight to a hip-hop routine. Students join the company by choreographing at least one piece, and members participate in at least five routines each semester. Dancers of every skill level are welcomed, says publicity chair Liz Cronin ’11. “Our mission at IC Unbound is to hold public dance performances that provide an outlet for personal expression and interaction with others who share a love of dance, and to unify without a competitive nature.”
IC Tap Club
The 25 or so students of IC Tap Club gather to teach and explore tap dancing by building off each other’s knowledge. They perform for the IC community and produce a showcase every spring. No auditions are necessary to join IC Tap. “We are very open,” says co-captain Rachel Corcoran ’11. “You don’t need to have any experience to join, we just like to tap and have fun.”
IC Hip Hop
IC Hip Hop is a team of approximately 10 female students with various dance experience and lots of energy and style. Tryouts are held every semester, and the team performances include campus events and a year-end show. Co-captain Michelle Skowronek ’11 says the dance team is meant to be a de-stresser. “We are perfecting our dance moves and becoming more creative, but most importantly we are escaping from the chaos of everyday life,” Skowronek says. Every member can be involved in choreography, designing costumes, and fundraisers.
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