By Molly Bello
End of the year dance shows are big productions. With several completely student-run shows at Bridgewater State University, and others with students playing major roles, these are shows you do not want to miss.
Pops and Dance Kaleidoscope will have their final shows in the upcoming weeks. The Pops final show is on April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Horace Mann Auditorium and Dance Kaleidoscope has its show on April 3, 4 and 5, all at 7:30 p.m.
The Dance Kaleidoscope is the big showcase put on by the dance department at the end of the year. They hire professionals to do lighting, costume, and set design.
The students of the Dance Production Theory class are required to have two jobs on the show. Students are involved in the performance of the dances themselves, being a part of the tech crew, helping out with costumes, and coming up with choreography.
“Kaleidoscope is the elite of the elite,” said junior dance and art history major Michelle Abrams. “We only take about 17 dancers. It’s very selective.”
Abrams said they have a large budget and are able to make a huge production for the end of the year. Faculty members also choreograph some of the dances, and this year Dr. Sarver choreographed a film noir themed ballet dance. Abrams said it’s a big number with over a dozen dancers.
On the other hand, Pops takes a different approach when it comes to having a dance group on campus.
“Our motto says that dance is for everybody,” said President of Pops and senior biology major Alexandra Litwak.
The group is completely student-run, with students of all majors and interests coming together because they love dance.
“The theme is Soundtrack of our life,” said Litwak of the upcoming show. “It’s all music from TV shows, movies, and musicals from the 90s. Things we grew up with.
“We have amazing choreographers, and they are all songs you know. You’ll be entertained.”
Pops is a fun, less selective dance group. They don’t make cuts for any other reason than there being too many dancers.
“The music is all very upbeat,” said sophomore english major Stephanie Starbard. “We have a tap dance this year.”
Litwak and Starbard both have minors in dance, but a formal dance background is not required for students interested in Pops.
Molly Bello is a The Comment’s Living-Arts Editor. Follow her on twitter @mollybello or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.