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Dance Performance in the Quad
Molly Stanfield

On Tuesday afternoon, September 22, the Baylor dance program held its first performance of the school year in the quad. Introduced by co-directors Margaret Harman '14 and Elizabeth Roemer '05, the show featured three pieces choreographed by Harman and Mary Alex Bachus '21.

As with many after-school activities, many aspects of the dance program had to be modified to fit within social distancing guidelines from dancing with masks six feet apart to holding the performance outdoors. During a typical school year, the Emerging Choreographers' Showcase would be Baylor's only fall dance performance, but those plans had to be altered. Instead of dancing in Roddy theater, the dancers took to the grass in the quad for a unique and memorable pop-up showcase of their work.

Students and parents alike gathered to see what the dancers had come up with in their first month back at school. Bachus's choreography opened the show with "Work," a performance inspired by Broadway's Kinky Boots. Full of high energy moves, the piece radiated confidence. A second piece by Bachus followed, her senior solo. Bachus combined elements from performances throughout her seven years at Baylor, making for a nostalgic, emotional tribute to her Baylor dance career. The third and final piece was Harman's jazzy, '80s through-back piece.

As Baylor dance president and vice president, Bachus and Megha Chanamolu '21 closed the show with a choreographed bow to High School Musical's "We're All in This Together." Chanamolu explains, "We thought the song was fun and upbeat and also fitting to show our unity during this pandemic."

There is much to learn from the dancers' perseverance and optimism—as well as their willingness to socially distance. Despite the setbacks (in this case, a literal pandemic), they found a way to not only provide the audience with an escape from the current circumstances but themselves as well.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the dancers' next performance in the near future featuring choreography by Chanamolu and Rachel Chen '24.

 

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