Fusion dances through the school day at Ryan Auditorium
    Photos from Fusion Dance Company’s “School Days” performance on Saturday, May 5.

    Fusion Dance Company has a new dress code for dancing.

    In plaid jumpers or ties and slacks, Fusion members performed to well-known hip hop songs as part of “School Dayz,” their annual spring show in Ryan Auditorium last weekend. Around a hundred people showed up for Saturday’s show at 7 p.m.

    This performance showcased twenty dances involving a variety of student-choreographed moves and music by artists such as Missy Elliot, Ying Yang Twins and Ciara.

    Each dance represented a period of the school day, each choreographer a teacher and each dancer a student.

    “The show’s theme was brainstormed through emails by the Fusion members who each had their input,” said Communications freshman and Fusion member Nancy Fru. “We threw out ideas and the board took it and decided what was best.”

    About thirty Fusion members performed, each bringing their own ideas for the show’s theme and dance moves.

    To transition between songs, members acted out little scenes with props. Dancers grabbed sandwiches in plastic bags before singing “Peanut Butter Jelly Time.”

    Although Fusion performed its traditional hip hop moves, they also incorporated jazz, tap, and ballet.

    The fast-paced performance entertained the audience as Fusion presented a show that had taken weeks of practice. Some of the viewers danced along, using moves such as a driving motion to Chamillionaire’s “Ridin’.”

    Many attendees said they were friends with Fusion members or were there because the dancing style appealed to them.

    “The shows were great,” Fru said. “We really loved the audience. They have no idea how much energy they gave us.”

    Fru said this year’s performance raised a surprising amount of money. She said that might be because this year’s group has more people in it

    She said she encourages people to consider trying out for Fusion. For the next season, the group especially needs guys.

    “Fusion is the bomb,” Fru said. “Don’t ever feel intimidated to try out.”


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