The MC Dance Ensemble held auditions for the upcoming 2017-18 academic year on May 4 in the Flex Theater of the Clayton Center for the Arts. The audition was specifically for returning students who will also attend the ensemble’s summer camp that is going to be held from August 21-24.
The new Dance Ensemble leadership team consisting of captain Jessica Rhea’19 and officers Bailey Decker ’19 and Alyssa Miller ’20 conducted the audition. They are also planning a second audition for upcoming freshmen in September.
“Summer Dance Camp is going to be really exciting,” Miller said. “All dancers will get to learn basic and professional techniques.”
It should be noted that new members were chosen according to their interaction with the team and their ability to pick up the dance in the audition. The following students passed the audition: Lillian Marttala, Savanah Mantooth, Jackie Eul, Kristen Rolston, Lexi Douglas, Emma Schwarzarmann, Darnisha Hudson, Serenity Shalander, Shoshana Overstreet, Bailee Burleson, Serena Coleman, Sammi Pamfil and Michaela Prysmont.
According to the leadership team the theme of the next show must remain secret for now but is going to be something unique and wonderful.
“The show is planned for December 2, and we might have both noon and evening shows,” Rhea said. “We might have two shows because we are starting earlier this year, and we hope that they will be great if we put more time and effort into it.”
As the leadership team commented, there will not be any changes in terms of style, but there might be new costumes depending on the dances and choreographers. The style of dances is going to mainly concentrate on contemporary, jazz, tap, hip-hop and lyrical.
This year the team is planning to put even more attention to dance rehearsals and teamwork activities than before.
“We want everyone to take full responsibility, and we want to make the Dance Ensemble more serious and united,” Decker said.
The leadership team is very optimistic about their new responsibilities. All three of them have been dancing on a professional level for years.
“I am trying to integrate what Dance Ensemble was when I first joined it two years ago with how it has changed through time,” Rhea said. “I have learned a lot from my past experiences, and I am really excited to take this position.”