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A hip hop performance at the dance jam

A hip hop performance at the dance jam

Meghan McCall

A hip hop performance at the dance jam

Meghan McCall

Meghan McCall

A hip hop performance at the dance jam

Emilio Leone, Writer

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The Dance Jam took place in the theater on January 18 during the lunch periods.

The Dance Jam had many performances in different styles ranging from hip hop dances to more ballet style dances. These dances were all very coordinated and they all showed the time and dedication that was out into each and every dance.

“It was an amazing experience” said Grace Foley, who danced with her friends, each of whom took a lot away from getting the chance to preform.

Most performances had three to four girls performing with very few guys in any performances. All of the clothes and the colors of the lights where perfectly coordinated to each and every performance making them distinctly different from each other. Plus, the interpretive style of dance many performances had, mixed with the expert choice in music for each performance, really made it easy for a dancer to get their point across.

All thought there were many different styles of dance, it seemed that most performances tended to lean to the ballet style. The hip hop performances were equally as good all though they didn’t have the same deeper meaning to them as the other dances they brought a certain energy to them the more interpretive dances didn’t have.

The hip hop style dances gave a break from all the serious dances that held a deeper meaning. It seemed like all the hip hop performers where having fun up on stage, not to say the other dancers weren’t enjoying what they where doing.  

Even though participating in the dance jam was “required as a project for [the class] American dance beat,” said Senite Barih, each dancer still made it a good experience.

Senite’s group, for example, did a hip hop dance in which each person “made up a 16 count choreography” and then with the help of their dance teacher and other classmates put together their amazing routine. Senite’s group was made up of four girls and two guys, one of the only groups with guys in it. Senite’s group had a color scheme of ombré red and purple with red black hawk shirts and black pants. Their dance wasn’t the most complex dance, but it was fun and definitely set itself apart from the other dances, in a good way.

The attendance to the Dance Jam honestly wasn’t that large. About half the theater was full and should of been more publicized. All the people who danced were incredibly talented and deserve more crediting and recognition then they got.

The Dance Jam was amazing and it was so great to see a whole new side of Loyola that many people haven’t experienced. The Dance Jam is a great performance that lets the aspiring dancers perform a piece that they poured their time and effort into. “

When you finally get to share your final piece that you’ve put a lot of effort and time into, it’s an amazing feeling” said Grace Foley.

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