A Different Kind of Dance

 

By Caitlin Hickey '06
Photography by Jeff earickson
 

The stage was empty, but there was already a buzz in the air. At the annual Mr. Colby talent show in March, the opening act generated as much excitement on campus as the contestants did. As the newly created Colby Dance Team was about to make its debut, the audience wondered what the group was capable of.

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Photo by Jeff Earickson
With more than 700 people packed into Page Commons, the music started and 12 dancers exploded into a dizzying, energetic array of moves evoking a mixture of jazz, hip-hop, and gymnastics in a style that seemed to mix NFL cheerleading and MTV's hip-hop dancing. High kicks, splits, and jumps kept the energy at a peak.

The Colby Dance Team was the brainchild of eight members of Colby Dancers who wanted to perform this type of dance regularly for Colby students. The team's captain, Shari Katz '06, says that the team plans to perform at Colby football and basketball games and hopes to compete against dance groups from other schools.

After catching a performance like the one at Mr. Colby, some students may start going to athletic events to see the dancers.