Holy Cross Dance Ensemble Show Tonight
Published: Sunday, February 23, 2014
Updated: Sunday, February 23, 2014 20:02
On Friday, February 21 the Holy Cross Dance Ensemble will be holding its Annual Benefit Show at 7 pm in the Hogan Ballroom. Dance Ensemble (DE) will be donating to and raising awareness for Amputee Coalition, the nation’s leading organization on limb loss, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for amputees and their families. Donations are welcome, and all proceeds will go directly to Amputee Coalition.
The show will include a variety of guest performances, such as Sons of Pitches and the Delilahs. As for dancing, DE performances will include Performance Hip Hop, Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Lyrical.
The Benefit Show is more than just a dance performance. Lauren Campson, ’16, Secretary of Dance Ensemble, appreciates how the show is both exciting and helps a good cause. “My favorite part about the Benefit Show is that we get the opportunity to dance for a cause that is close to one of our dancer’s hearts,” said Lauren. “I also love that we invite other HC performance groups because it really shows how members of the HC community are always willing to help each other out.”
Despite the multitude of different types of dances, the team strives to be a cohesive unit. Caroline DiNicola, ’16, a dancer of DE, values the comradery of the team that endures throughout the year. “While there are many different groups in DE, we do several dances with the entire group, which helps unify us,” said Caroline. “As well as the group performances, we spend a lot of time throughout the year together, such as at team dinners and other activities so that everyone knows each other.”
Each show DE puts on is always a time commitment; however, the Benefit Show takes the most time and energy. “We started working on these dances the week after our Family Weekend Show back in October, but after winter break things really started to kick in. Learning the all ensemble piece, choreographing class dances with the students your own age, attending your regular classes, and pulling everything together in two long nights of rehearsal requires you to pencil in a lot of DE time,” said Lauren. “However, we have a lot of fun working together and our many hours in rehearsal are always well worth it.”