Friday, March 2, 2012

Dance team holds annual show

By Kassondra Burtis
News Editor

The Saint Mary’s University dance team performed for the last time this semester during their second annual dance show Sun., Feb. 26.

The dance team, led by captains Allison Johnson and Kaitlyn Bryant, performed two routines. Other SMU groups that participated in the show included Ballroom Club, cheerleaders and two students who performed an Irish dance.

Dance team manager Emily Munns, a senior who has been with the team for three years, sees the dance show as a great opportunity not only for the team, but also for the other groups who come to participate.

“The dance show is put on by the team to invite studios, colleges and high schools and to showcase the different groups on campus including the dance team,” Munns said. “It is a fun opportunity to let others perform their routines in front of an audience as well.”

The show also allows many groups to be able to perform for free, said Johnson.

“The dance show is a great way for us to perform on campus,” she said. “It allows the audience to experience various styles of dance. [The] main goal is to share the love of dance.”

There were two community dance studios that participated in the show, including Jane Taylor’s Academy of Dance and Nicole’s School of Dance. Both studios performed multiple routines that included solos, duets and group dances.

The money raised from the dance show goes to the dance team budget, helping the team purchase costumes for their routines. It is also used for travel expenses to competitions. This year’s dance show helped raise over $400 for the team.

The show marked the dance team’s final performance this year. Munns looked back on her three years spent with the team and the many great experiences and memories she has shared with them.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a member and manager for the SMU dance team over the past three years,” she said. “The team is my second family, as I have had the opportunity to spend so much time with them from practices to performing at school to competitions. I will miss everyone next year but would like to wish the team the best of luck in the years to come.”

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