Sangam has met again! And what a meeting it was. We met in the Diversity Center and were greeted by guests from the local university, IUPUI. This was the group called IDEA, which stands for Indian Dance Enthusiasts Association. They do a number of performances throughout the city, and all of their proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House, or other charities throughout the city.
They began the night with a presentation of two types of Indian dance. It was interesting seeing that the dances were not very traditional in nature. They had a hip-hop kick to them, and were fun to watch.
They were also fun to try! We ended the night by learning a few dance moves of our own. I quickly worked up a sweat, as well as my own enthusiasm for Indian Dance. I only hope now that there will be other opportunities to practice some dance moves, or see them carried out by a more skilled dancers.
For the first time in my life I entered Butler’s dance studio and took part in Laban, a modern dance movement created by Rudolf Laban in the 20th century. It’s goal is to create a community of movement, something radically missing from our society, he claims.
Once the class got past the giggles of feeling ridiculous, we experienced something extraordinary: a cohesive system of movements that brought us together. It wasn’t anything like dancing at a party. It was…more. I was thrilled to see this side of the dance department that I had before been isolated from.
Lauren: so cold but so talented!
Here’s what Lauren, a Dance major, has to say about Butler’s dance department: “It is so diverse in what they are teaching us. We are doing everything including classical ballet, modern, jazz, different types of character; slavic and spanish, and we also learn how to write music for dance and how to denote different types of movement and analyze it.”
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My friend recently told me that he was missing out on the true college experience. “What exactly is that?” I asked him. His reply was succinct and accurate. “This is when you need to just act like an idiot. Lose all sense of shame—” to a point, I might add, “—and just have fun.”
Why did he bring this up, one might ask, ever so astutely. The reason for that is Yell Like Hell, a dance/cheer/stunt competition between the fraternities, sororities, and residence halls. This years theme: the 90’s. Our focus: Ninja Turtles. Chances of looking ridiculous: Certain.
In fact, why don’t I show you? This is our team’s performance, the men of Phi Delta Theta and the women of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Enjoy!
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