By Missy O’Rourke
Seniors of Sacred Heart University’s Dance Program got together on Saturday, Sept. 30 to perform in the Senior Showcase in the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts.
The Showcase featured solos, duos, trios and group dances from the Dance Ensemble, Dance Company, and Irish Step Ensemble. Students, dance program members, family, and alumni filled the theater to enjoy the show.
The showcase started off with a tap number by Kristen Field to the song, “I Hope You Dance,” by Lee Ann Womack.
“I decided to tone it down a notch for my final solo performance to really absorb my last moments alone on stage,” said Field.
Next, was a trio to Rihanna’s song “Farewell” by Katrina Borges, Taylor Coughlin and Sanaya Williams. The song fit into the show’s purpose of letting the senior dancers have their own show.
After was an intense contemporary solo by Alex Grobleski to “River,” by Bishop Briggs, followed by a duet by Melissa Ruel and Jaime Fregeau to “Warrior” by Demi Lovato. Ruel wore black representing the “pain and truth” and fregeau wore white, the warrior of the dance, fighting off Ruel.
Hannah Leeping then took the stage in a solo to “Flares” by The Script. This was followed by a solo by Malaysia Johnson to “Ready for Love” by India.Arie.
Next was a duet by Samantha Mays and Melissa O’Rourke to “Cosmic Love” by Florence and the Machine.
“Melissa and I became best friends through the dance ensemble,” said Mays. “So it was amazing to be able to dance in a duet with her for the showcase.”
Rosalita Cormier and Alexa Tricario then did a hip-hop duet to a mashup of Bruno Mars songs. After Geisa Wilkins performed a tap number to “More” by Bobby Darin.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to help coordinate this event. As our time dancing on the stage comes to an end, we left our hearts out there on the stage,” said Tricario.
Irish Step Ensemble members Melissa McCarthy, Laura Smith, Caolinn McSwiggan, Kristina Markey and Bridget Thornton danced to “Wake Me Up Bagpipes” by the Red Hot Chili Pipers.
“It was inspiring to see our graduating seniors in their element, and how they have improved throughout the years,” said junior Maria Citarella.
Marguerite Girandola performed a ballet solo to “Lilac Fairy Variation” by Tchaikovsky. Tina Fodera and Taylor Coughlin then performed a tap duet to “Diggy” by Spencer Ludwig. Followed by a contemporary solo by Amanda Baelsano to “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran.
Colleen Dalton, Erin Spedaliere, Noelle Mayne and Jen Mahoney performed a group dance to “It Ain’t Me” by Kygo and Selena Gomez. Followed by Melissa McCarthy, Laura Smith, Caolinn McSwiggan and Kristina Markey performing a traditional Irish Dance to “ Four Hand Ceili: A traditional Irish dance” by Dean Crouch.
Next was jazz a trio by Laina Luele, Amy Ricotta and Marissa Milazzo to “Tears” by Clean Bandit.
“I enjoyed being in the senior showcase with all of my Dance Ensemble friends,” said Ricotta. “We’ve been in it together since our freshmen year and it was crazy to be dancing in the Senior showcase.”
Samantha Lorenzon, Malaysia Johnson, Shantel Morris, Kristyn Velez, Tracey Castelli, Maria Ogundolani, Sanaya Williams, Chantal Benavidez and Katherine Bonnet then took the stage in a hip hop number, which featured a mashup from various artists.
Lastly Rosalita Cormier, Alexa Tricario, Jessica Colucci and Briana DiLeo danced to “Finish Line” by Train, symbolizing not only the end of the showcase, but the end of college for seniors in the Dance Program.
“As a junior, it is amazing getting to watch my friends who have grown so much since freshman year,” said junior Deanna Daniels. “It’s crazy to think in just one year it’ll be me up there and them watching from the audience.”