GVSU Dance Troupe: Dance for a Dream

GVL/Bo Anderson

Bo Anderson

GVL/Bo Anderson

Jackie Smith

This past weekend, the Grand Valley State University Dance Troupe put on their spring recital, titled “Dance for a Dream.” Performances were held April 12 at 8 p.m., and April 13 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Allendale High school auditorium.

Dance Troupe is the largest student organization on campus, with over 200 members. It is student run, and student choreographers run all dances. The organization states that “Dance Troupe’s goal is to bring dancers of all styles and technique levels together in one common love – dance.”

Kate Shaner, a member of Dance Troupe, said that she loves being a part of the organization.

“Dance Troupe is really awesome,” Shaner said. “Its like a family, and you get to see your best friends every week.”

The recital consisted of 32 dance numbers, all choreographed by students in Dance Troupe. The week leading up the recital is known to the group as Spirit Week, and consists of longer practices and lots of prepping for the performances.

Chelsea Walker, a member of Dance Troupe said that Spirit Week was a lot of work, but definitely worth it.

“Our normal practices are 40 minutes long, and Spirit Week was about two hour practices each day, depending on how many dances you had and what half of the show you were in,” Walker said. “I think the idea of spirit week is great, and gives everyone a chance to clean up and go over their dances in front of others.”

Erin Elenbaas, also a Dance Troupe member is one of the many dancers excited for next year’s show.

“Next year I will be a senior, and I’m excited to a have a bigger part in the recital, and get out there and have a really good time,” Elenbaas said.

As for students that are interested, or tentative about joining the GVSU Dance Troupe, all of the dancers agreed on one thing – this organization has changed their lives for the better.

Jade Behringer , another member of Dance Troupe encourages students to join the organization.

“There are some people who have never danced before and they join and learn to become incredible dancers.” Behringer said. “It just shows that anyone can dance.”

Every year, the Dance Troupe raises money for a cause. This year they are donating to the Rainbow Connection of Michigan. The Rainbow Connection helps kids with life-threatening illnesses to experience opportunities that they might not be able to without the help of this organization. This organization is dedicated to making these children’s dreams come true.

Donations requested included card and board games, stuffed animals, DVDs, and gift cards. To learn more about The Rainbow Connection, visit www.rainbowconnecion.org.
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