posted on: Thursday May 2, 2019
by Brigid Walshe ’19 A&E Staff
This past weekend, Providence College’s Dance Club put on its spring show, which gave the PC community a chance to see some of their friends and peers do an activity they love.
PC’s Dance Club is a student-run, student-choreographed dance club on campus. Members sign up for dances at the beginning of the semester and practice each dance once a week until the show at the end of the semester. Members also participate in Sunday classes, which are open to the entire campus and perform at various school-sponsored events, like Late Night Madness.
The show was about two hours long and featured dances of all different styles. From lyrical to tap to musical-theatre, the show had it all. Members performed a tap number to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” a lyrical number to “Shallow” from A Star is Born, and a high-energy dance to Hairspray’s “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” choreographed by PC Dance Club’s president, Jacqueline Michels ’19. The show ended with an emotional senior dance, which featured all senior members of Dance Club. For many, it was their last time dancing on a stage.
One of the best, and most unique, aspects of Dance Club is that it is open to students of all skill levels, whether you have been dancing since you could walk or have never danced a day in your life. It is a great way to meet new people and bring different people together through their love of dance.
Morgan Starkey ’20 said her favorite thing about Dance Club is how welcoming, patient, and kind everyone is on the club. Starkey had never personally danced before joining Dance Club, and choreographers have gone out of their way to make everyone feel comfortable and confident doing their dances. Starkey was a member of the “Fresh Prince” tap dance, choreographed by Bailey Zimmitti ’20, and she was one of the three girls who had never tapped before. Zimmitti took the time to really turn them into “tippity tapping queens.” The club has introduced Starkey to so many new people who she might not have met otherwise.
Performance weekend is exciting for members, who all get to come back together, and Starkey says that she loves seeing and hearing her friends and family shouting from the audience during shows. The cheers always put a smile on her face. The student-run club successfully produced another exciting performance for their Spring Dance Showcase.