Arts, On Campus

Week of Dance Celebrates BC’s Vibrant Dance Community

Boston College’s fourth annual Week of Dance culminated in a two-day showcase at Robsham Theater Friday and Saturday night, captivating audiences with a lively demonstration by BC’s dance community. Sponsored by the Arts Council and the Robsham Theater Arts Center, the showcase followed a week of student-led workshops offered by a number of BC’s dance groups.

Masti opened Friday night’s showcase decked in purple, immediately setting the stage for an energy-filled weekend. The group mixed modern music with traditional Punjabi dance, utilizing sapps to create an entertaining and vibrant display of culture. The Golden Eagles Dance Team took the stage in sparkly red tops soon after, delivering a stunning performance set to 5 Seconds of Summer’s “Youngblood.”

Fuego del Corazón followed, demonstrating its signature partner work and wowing the audience with daring lifts and tosses. AerodynamiK (AeroK) moved the audience with a contemporary hip-hop routine to Shawn Mendes’ “In My Blood” and Logic’s “Suicide Hotline.”

Full Swing embodied the essence of swing dancing in a dazzling routine set to Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock,” followed by a moving contemporary number from the Dance Ensemble. Set to Celine Dion’s “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now,” the number was met with deafening cheers from the audience as the dancers, donning lilac dresses, moved with near-perfect coordination.

Following a brief intermission, Presenting Africa to You (PATU) took the stage to kick off the second half of the show, reinvigorating the audience with a lively display of traditional African dance. The Dance Organization of Boston College (DOBC) danced to the Pussycat Doll’s “Hush Hush” in bright pink crop tops. Boston College Irish Dance (BCID) stormed the stage wearing all black soon after, captivating the audience with masterful footwork.

A performance from Females Incorporating Sisterhood Through Step (F.I.S.T.S.) rounded off the evening with a thundering performance. Sporting matching yellow skirts and white button-up tops, the group’s number mocked the superficial climate of high school while transitioning into a playful step battle that culminated into a synchronized step routine.

Saturday night’s show saw repeat performances from Masti, the Golden Eagles, Fuego del Corazón, Full Swing, the Dance Ensemble, DOBC, BCID, Phaymus, and On Tap while highlighting the rest of BC’s diverse dance community.

UPrising kicked off night two with a high-energy hip-hop routine featuring O.T. Genasis’ “Everybody Mad” and Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy.” Vida de Intensa Pasión (VIP) followed with classic Latin dance while Phaymus, sporting matching cargo pants and white tops, brought the heat with an upbeat performance set to Drake’s “In My Feelings” and Tinashe’s “Throw A Fit.”

Despite its small size, Conspiracy Theory took command of the entire stage. Feeding off the energy of the audience, BC’s “premier b-boy and b-girl all-styles group” danced to Junior Senior’s “Move Your Feet” with noticeable confidence. Each of the group’s members, wearing red hoodies, took turns solo breakdancing center stage while the others encouraged them. On Tap exemplified a similar mastery of complex footwork, dancing to Bruno Mars’ “Runaway Baby” in an eye-catching gold ensemble.

Synergy, a clear fan favorite, commandeered the stage with a booming hip-hop performance that was met with raucous applause. BC’s Pom Team took the stage twice Saturday night, dancing to James Brown’s “I Feel Good” and Cardi B’s “I Like It” in a stunning display of unity that showed off their flawless technique.

In summary, Week of Dance 2018 was a massive success that showcased the unique style and strengths of each of BC’s numerous dance groups. Uniting the community through a shared appreciation for expression through dance, the event truly exemplified why dance has taken the campus by storm in recent years.

Featured Image by Kaylie Ramirez / Heights Editor

December 2, 2018