One of my favorite parts about Calvin? The different events held for the students, staff and the public to enjoy. Come to think of it, I thought that going to Christian school would be very boring and awful. BUT, Calvin changed my perspective about Christian school. Calvin, in reality, is not like any other Christian school in a VERY GOOD way! Calvin has events that entertain us through the evening. One of those events is Dance Guild.
What is Dance Guild?
Dance Guild is one of the most popular events and organizations at Calvin. Dance Guild is arranged by student leaders who organize the performance and assure that the event happens. The Dance Guild leadership chooses different students to be choreographers for performance night. Leadership chooses from students who have ideas of their choreography and Dance Guild levels. I admire all these choreographers who put in their vision. The dances are different genres, from hip hop to lyrical. The different levels are guild (beginner), advanced (intermediate) and audition (experienced). Students who are interested in specific dances and levels have to go to the time of that dance's practice to learn the dance. For advanced and audition levels, you have to audition to get in, because they are higher level dances. Dance Guild helps students to be better dancers, because they have beginner to advanced levels! It doesn't matter if you are a good dancer or not! Just enjoy the dance.
After the whole semester of practicing, the dancers get to perform to an audience. There are two show nights: Friday and Saturday. It happens for both fall and spring semesters, but they are different dances. This semester's was last weekend!
This semester, I got the chance to be a co-choreographer with one of my friends, Thomas. Thomas is one of the best dancers at Calvin, and creative as well. It was such a privilege to create dance moves and to teach dance moves to the dancers. Our life as choreographers was crazy busy. We had to schedule meeting time to figure out choreography: Wednesday 5–6 p.m. and Thursday 10–11:15 a.m. During those times, we made sure our music and choreography worked out as a whole and, of course, that it looked good. As the semester went on, the stress level increased because performance week was nearing. There were times when Thomas and I just looked up videos to get inspiration. There were other times when we just wanted to QUIT! And, of course, there were times when we yelled at each other. Even so, I still respect and LOVE my friend Thomas. We got through it and performed a great show last weekend. I wouldn't have it any other way! I am glad we agreed to be co-choreographers.
Thomas and I got the chance to be choreographers to 8 amazing guys! The dance was advanced guys' hip hop. Thomas did most of the teaching with the choreography, because I am not a very good at teaching. I was better with choreography and vision of the whole dance. Even with the differences, we meshed well! The guys we worked with were some of the best people I've encountered. They were fun and very patient with both Thomas and me. Thomas and I were still adding things till the very night of dress rehearsals (which is unheard of). Anyways, these guys were funny, patient, kind and filled with joy throughout the semester. Getting the chance to know these guys was probably one of my favorite parts of my semester. Dancing became a happy place for me because of my newly formed friendships and my work with a friend. I learned to just enjoy the dance with the guys, because it was all about having fun and looking good. As a choreographer, when your dancers look good and do the dance well, you did a great job. I did not want to be the center of attention because it was about my dancers at the end of the show. That's what matters! Of course it all worked out: the dancers wowed the audience and me! What an unforgettable semester with these guys!