From bhangra to break dancing, AU in Motion merges dance styles for Fall Showcase

The spotlight was on AU in Motion this weekend as dancers took the stage for the Fall Showcase.

This year’s showcase took place November 18-19 at the Greenberg Theater filled with students, families and faculty. For the final performance on Saturday night, AU in Motion performed to a sold-out crowd.

The showcase featured performances ranging from modern, lyrical and ballet dances to hip-hop, dubstep and Bollywood dances.

“I love that there are so many different dance styles for this performance,” said Danielle Poupart, AU in Motion’s Campus Outreach Director and a student in the College of Arts and Sciences. “It’s really interesting to try new dance styles that I’ve never done before. It’s a great way to meet people you wouldn’t normally meet and you all have a common interest in dance.

At the start of the show, artistic director Alina Imam urged the audience to show their enthusiasm for the dancers, creating an exciting and enthusiastic atmosphere for both dancers and audience members.

The showcase began with a dance to a series of dubstep songs, which swelled the crowd for the show. The performers sported Jabbawockeez-like masks as they performed the opening dance to remixes by artists including Daft Punk and Chromeo.

Dances that followed in the first act included a hip-hop performance to Sean Paul’s “Come and Get it”, a Trans-Siberian rock ballet to the tune of “A Mad Russian’s Christmas” and a hip-hop dance, performed by some of the dancers in high heels, featuring music from artists such as Will.i.am, Carmen Beretta and Nicki Minaj.

This year marked the first time AU in Motion partnered with another on-campus organization for the Fall Showcase.

The AU Bhangra club performed an amazing traditional Bhangra dance with some not so traditional quirks. The beautiful outfits and catchy rhythms of the Bhangra dance style got the whole crowd moving.

Act 2 featured a Bollywood performance, a modern/lyrical performance to Adele’s song “Turning Tables”, a samba with music from Ricky Martin and Metro Station, an Irish dance, and another hip-hop performance to the music of Lady GaGa, Missy Elliot, Nicki Minaj and Pitbull.

The showcase ended with a dance to Flo Rida’s “Turn Around” by the entire cast, after which audience members gave the performers a standing ovation.

“AU in Motion is completely different from anything I do,” said Mike Naumenko, a junior at the School of International Service. “Come to our performances and if you show interest and come to audition, chances are you’ll join and be awesome like the rest of us.”

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