What do 26 dancers plus seven months of preparation equal?
Eighteen dance performances for one showcase brought to you by the John Carroll University Dance Ensemble.
The Dance Ensemble’s Annual Spring Showcase hits Kulas Auditorium on Friday, April 11 at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
This year’s president of Dance Ensemble, Katherine Ramicone, talked about what audience members can expect.
“The Dance Ensemble is a student-run organization that incorporates all different kinds of dance into our showcase at the end of the year,” said Ramicone.
“We work on different dances all year and the choreography is made up by the members.”
The styles of choreography include, but are not limited to, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, modern, ballet and Broadway.
Along with dance numbers from groups, there are also solos and duets included in the 18-performance lineup.
There will be an abundance of costume changes to suit all of the different dance styles and songs as well.
The year-long effort will come to a close with the finale number that is sure to get the audience on their feet, because “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody,” as the flyers around campus proudly promotes.
This anthem also happens to be the final song, which is the theme of the showcase.
Other hit songs that the group will dance to this weekend include “Pop,” “We Found Love” and according to officer of public relations sophomore Christina Iafelice, “some wicked hip-hop mashups.”
“The audience can expect to see different styles of ballet with different kinds of music and a lot of very talented dancers,” said Ramicone.
“I just love the girls [and guy] we have in our ensemble.
“We love dancing and what we can bring [to the ensemble].
“It’s taught me a lot and everyone has been extremely supportive.
“It’s been so much fun to be a part of.”
Iafelice shared the same sentiment.
“We have all worked very hard for this performance and are very excited to showcase our talents this Friday,” said Iafelice.
Dance Ensemble member sophomore Alexa King is also looking forward to performing.
“It is amazing to see the talented dancers of John Carroll show off their skills in many different styles of dance,” said King.
King is excited about the show and the reinforcement she knows she will see from the JCU community
“I also love all the support that our friends and families give by coming to the show,” she added.