Students and faculty filled Dodd Auditorium on Saturday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 17 for the Performing Arts Club’s (PAC) annual “Big Show,” showcasing a number of routines including a special performance on bullying.
PAC’s final performance of the semester was entitled “Eugenius,” after Eugene Roscoe, who worked at university as a professor of dance inspiring fellow staff members and students. As a way to honor his legacy at UMW PAC decided to name their fall “Big Show” in memory of Roscoe.
Students in PAC, alumni of the university and UMW dance teachers choreographed the dances. The dances spanned multiple genres, such as hip-hop, jazz, modern and contemporary dancing. A dance studio from New York called the Coleman Teen Dance Company (CTDC), joined UMW’s PAC for a special performance on bullying.
One of the most interesting performances showed a conversation between friends on a social media site. As the conversation went on, the dance team portrayed the emotions of a victim being bullied. The dancing got more intense as the girl was harassed, and the dancers showcased their ability to mime a story through dancing.
“I always look forward to dancing in the Big Show every semester,” said Chelsea Kopf, a junior business major and PAC treasurer. “There is no better feeling than performing alongside all of my closest friends.”
The PAC show that happens twice a year on campus, in both the fall and spring. Performers practice multiple times a week in order to prepare a perfect show for the audience.
“It was so much fun. I’m so glad I joined the Performance Arts Club because I met a lot of new people and it gave me a new appreciation for dance. I am going to miss all the practices,” said sophomore Mica Deasis.
Along with the performances, both senior Gina Noh and junior Lauren Armstrong were awarded scholarships for their skills and dedication to dancing. Noh and Armstrong received $1,500 to use toward their education at UMW.
“I learned how to dance at UMW. I am so honored and privileged to be recognized for this scholarship.”said Noh,“This scholarship proves that I absolutely, undoubtedly with all of my heart and soul love to dance.”