Kicking Off Dance Production!
Blogger: Carol Ma
Photo courtesy of Joshua Dancu.
Dance Production is certainly one of the most popular student organizations here at Oxy! It is an entirely student-run production, with student choreographers, dancers, and production staff. The audition for dancers is held every year in September. Auditions are open to all students, regardless of their experience or skill level. After six months of practicing, student choreographers and dancers will present the final shows, which feature professional-level production. It is the one of the biggest events on campus every year, with more student participants from every facet of the Oxy community than any other organization.
I joined Dance Pro both my freshman and sophomore years. I keep coming back because it really helps me step out of my comfort zone. I don’t have any professional experience in dancing and I never imagined myself dancing on the stage before. It’s a truly amazing experience to start from learning a single step and end up performing an entire routine. I also made lots of friends through Dance Pro. I really got to know some of the people in my dance and stay friends with them even after the show because we practiced together every weekend for such a long time. We learned together and we saw each other grow.
There are many different dances for dancers to choose from, including traditional genres like hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, belly dance, break dance as well as cultural dances like Indian and Hawaiian dance. At least half of the student body attends the performances each year. I didn’t even realize we have so many people on campus until I saw the line of people waiting excitedly outside Thorne Hall! The high quality of the show made it hard to believe that it’s organized wholly by students, and lots of the dancers have never even danced before. I remember after the show this year, so many friends came told me that they saw me on stage and that they were proud of me. Even people I didn’t know said “Good job!” to me after the performance. I felt lucky to be in such a warm community. The strength of the community that Dance Pro creates is another aspect of the production that keeps me coming back every year. For example, Dance Pro holds T-shirt design contest every year. The best designed T-shirt will be worn by every dancer in the finale. When I saw hundreds of people wearing the same shirt dancing together during the finale, I truly felt that we were in this together, that I was a part of something amazing.
(Photos courtesy of Vincent Shu and Joshua Dancu, respectively.)