By Tina Nalepa – Arts Editor
The Lasell College Pulse Dance Team hosted their annual dance showcase on April 26 in de Witt. The showcase included performances from the Lasell College Dance Team (LCDT), the Lasell College Cheer Team, the Divine Step Team, Step-By-Step Dance Studio, The Spartones, The Becker College Dance Program, Moise “CRAVE” Michel, a vocal performance by Danielle Cutillo and many more.
This year LCDT partnered with the Center for Community-Based Learning (CCBL) to help organize the event and money made would be donated the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The foundation helps provide people with the disease the opportunity to lead full productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment and ensuring access to high-quality care.
Captains Marisa DiDino, senior, and Carly Prior, junior, were thrilled with the turn out. The team includes 14 members, all of which participated in the nights showcase. The showcase included a variety of hip-hop, jazz and modern routines as well as several solo pieces. All pieces were choreographed by members of the team.
Junior Rose Leger said, “My favorite performance in our showcase was Run To You. The piece was our first collaboration with the Spartones, and I think it was a true work of art. There is nothing like the feeling of leaving your entire soul on the stage, and Run To You definitely allowed both the singers and dancers to do that.”
After the group performed their finale routine, DiDino and Prior announced Jazmine Johnson and Rose Leger would be taking over the role as captains for the 2015-2016 school year, along side the new choreographers Jess Lindell choreographing jazz and Mava Otero choreographing hip-hop.
“I am so very honored and excited to be captain next year with my teammate Jazmine Johnson. I have seen so much progression and success in my three years with with the dance team, and cannot wait to motivate us to go even further. Jazmine and I have so many great ideas to help the team improve and get more involved both on and off campus,” said Leger.
One idea Leger intends to begin in the fall is host open practices. This would be an evening where anyone in the community is welcome to attend a dance practice with the dance team.
After announcing the new titles for next year, DiDino said, “I feel great passing down the title to Rose and Jazmine because they’ve always had my back in any decision regarding the dance team. They both share the same passion, strive to get better and the same love for the team as I do. I have no doubt in my mind they will set another good example for years to come.”