Dance ensemble draws 100

Olivia Hutchinson, Sports Editor

The Pitt-Johnstown Dance Ensemble club plans to continue to grow in number this year and provide a lineup of several types of dance.

President and junior Caitlin McCarty said that they hope the large number will not prevent others from joining.

“We are always one of the biggest organizations on campus, and this year, we have over 100 members,” said McCarty. “We still want to encourage people to continue to come out if they are interested.

“Anyone is welcome, even those who do not have dance experience and we do not turn away anyone.”

Treasurer and junior Zachary Perpetua said the Dance Ensemble has created an even bigger name for itself after homecoming weekend.

“We already got our foot in the door with first place for the window display and second place for the float.”

Dance Ensemble members plan to perform their annual show Jan. 27 – Jan. 28.

Vice president and junior Jessica Tardio said the show will feature several dances.

“The show will include hip-hop, jazz and baton dances. Members will also perform tap, lyrical and kickline dances.”

McCarty said with the strong turnout of people, changes can be made.

“We want to try new dances,” said McCarty. “I’ve heard a lot of people say they didn’t know they could do tap or hip-hop. Perpetua said this year the officers decided to change an attendance policy.

“We have changed a few rules as far as attendance for events and to regular practices to make them stricter, and, so far, it’s worked great.”

Organization members practice in the dance studio in the Wellness Center and the dance studio in the Living/Learning Center.

Perpetua said reserving time for practice can be difficult.

“It has been a struggle to communicate to get practice spots in the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center closer to show time,” said Perpetua. “But, worst of all, it has been a challenge to communicate with the Wellness Center to get the amount of hours we need as an organization.”