Ensemble stepping out this weekend


Ashley Emanuel, Copy Editor

Dance Ensemble members are to offer their annual performance Friday and Saturday.

Dancers start their practices during the second week of September according to Dance Ensemble President junior Cassie LaFramboise.

“The (practices) take place in the Wellness Center and in the Living/Learning Center, normally between the hours of 7p.m. to midnight,”

Senior Treasurer Amanda Mudgett said each dance group practices for an hour every week.

According to LaFramboise the show is to include various dance styles, such as tap, jazz and lyrical. It also includes hip-hop, pointe and baton.

“There are 25 dances total, (of up to about three minutes each) as well as a few 30-second pieces. ”

Show Chair junior Megan Lilley said, “They (students) can expect fabulous dance performances put on by our very own students. Also, hilarious entertainment by our MC’s (Masters of ceremony) Marcus McGuire, Nolan McGuire and Luke Trotz.”

“All dances are choreographed by students,” Lilley said.

“Choreographers must be at least sophomores, and must have been part of Dance Ensemble for at least a year,” Lilley said.

LaFramboise said the officers choose amongst those who audition to determine who will choreograph for the show, then they hold individual auditions for the dances.

LaFramboise said that she and Secretary Tessa Smith are choreographing two tap numbers and a hip-hop number together. The two looked for dancers who performed the steps correctly and were willing to work.

Mudgett said that the dances were based on a scale from one to 20, and she said she took whoever scored between 16 to 20.

Lilley said working in the ensemble has been an amazing experience.

“I couldn’t imagine college without it,” Lilley said.

Junior choreographer and homecoming chair Kathleen Blough said that she is to perform in 8 dances not including the opener and finale. She practices eight times a week.

“I have danced for 15 years, and I definitely will be participating next year. It’s one of my favorite things to do,” Blough said.

The show is to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center. Tickets were to go on sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday in the Student Union, according to LaFramboise.

“Tickets will cost $1 for students and $4 for non-student adults; if the tickets are bought ahead of time. Tickets will also be available at the door for $5,” LaFramboise said.