Taking the stage confidently, each dancer possessed the stage smoothly with every step. Touching spectacle, the Boston College Dance Ensembles roulette kept the house going all night long, engaging audiences with varied and visually stimulating dance performances while maintaining a level of energy and excitement from round one to the last. .
The opening performance, “Luck be a Lady”, choreographed by the officers of the dance ensemble, introduced all of the ensemble members and highlighted the complexity of their performance. The dancers took to the stage with radiant personalities who, paired with their colorful tutus, was a strong start. The dance was dynamic with many moving parts, using the entire stage. The troupe’s ability to gracefully drop to the floor allowed the girls behind those in front and center to add flourishes with quaint arms, legs and jokes to add even more movement to the performance. The joy in the eyes of the dancers invigorated the audience in a contagious way.
“Hotel California,” choreographed by Carissa Burns, MCAS ’17, brought an impressive performance to the famous Eagles song. The dancers donned red dresses and moved elegantly past the red backdrop. The production behind this piece is indicative of the simple yet effective design and use of the stage seen throughout the rest of the show.
The upcoming performance, “Waking Up,” choreographed by Olivia Duddy, MCAS ’17, uses light for awe-inspiring purposes from start to finish. Bathed in a light golden hue, the dancers brought the slow song to life, while creating an aura truly embodying the titular process of awakening. The lights, which faded and intensified at key points, enhanced the movements of the dancers, creating a more striking image on stage.
The first guest dance group, BC Irish Dance, really took over the stage with a powerful performance. After several seconds of tapping synchronized with the song, the music stopped leaving the five dancers alone on a calm stage. Robsham echoed the stomping and clicking sounds emanating from the troop’s shoes. The cohesion between the dancers made a melody of beautiful sounds and stomping as they possessed the stage through their own dancing prowess.
After the intermission, “Six En Pointe”, choreographed by Kelsey Ortiz, LSOE ’16, showed the still impressive technical skills of the pointe. Skillful movements and smooth transitions to the music resulted in a breathtaking level of precision as the dancers moved synchronously across the peak stage. Without ever weakening in front of the demanding dance, the dancers exerted a different stage presence under the gaze of the public. The dance had a subtle contrast to the strong personalities of the other dances.
Synergy performed towards the end, using their numbers for a mix of songs and dance styles. The hip-hop company moved every part of their body, stretching and bending, creating another set of interesting and intricate advances around the stage. As the name suggests, the energy is not just poured onto the stage by the band, but merged into a unified force. The shared movements of so many people create a beautifully harmonious picture.
In a sentimental moment, the seniors of the Dance Ensemble took the stage to offer a final performance. Appropriately named “From the Bottom”, the senior performance was full of brotherhood and kind affection.
The final dance, titular “Roulette”, once again brought the whole ensemble onto the stage. Just like at the start, the troupe dressed up, this time as showgirls, to conform to the Las Vegas theme. The dancing was another flash of quick, fluid movements, and the girls were kicking, spinning, and waving while adhering to the larger movements of the ensemble. As the final piece, the dance captured the nature of the show as a whole. Much like a river, there was a larger current to follow and plenty of room for small tributaries to branch off and re-integrate later. Each dancer exuded her own unique personality, while fitting in seamlessly with the larger context of the dance.
Dance Ensembles roulette took the best aspects of dancing and presented them in a quick and calm manner. The production of the show was simple and striking, with all aspects done in such a way that the dancers’ movements were not only more visible, but heightened by their design. The length of each dance was refreshing as they seemed to be structured to be the perfect length. Never exceeding its welcome on stage, each dance seemed to have a story to tell. Stopping after this story was told made their endings all the more poignant.
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