For those of you who are not members of MCDE, this week is rehearsal week, where dancers practice the show for five days in order to put on a smooth performance come the show weekend.
Rehearsal starts at 9:15 at night and often runs until at least midnight. This is a huge commitment, but dancers know of rehearsal week when they commit to Dance Ensemble.
Rebecca Warne and Marra Kassman are sophomores choreographing a lyrical/hip-hop piece. This is their first time choreographing for MCDE.
The girls actually met each other at freshman orientation and now live together. Most of their choreographing was done in their living room, where they like to dance.
Their inspiration behind this dance was the artist, Beyonce, and her message in the song, "If I Were a Boy.
Alyssa Pallotti, a senior, is choreographing a tap dance for MCDE this semester. Pallotti is the PR/Advertising Manager for MCDE and was elected to this position while she was abroad in Florence, Italy. She is also my capping partner for this MCDE Behind the Curtain campaign.
For most of her dancing career, (18 years of it) Pallotti was trained in intense, quick rhythm tap.
First time choreographers, Cassie Conlan and Steph Levine, paired up this semester to teach an emotional lyrical dance.
The girls have been housemates for the last two years at Marist and describe their bond as best friends. Conlan is on the Heart1 executive board, which is a club that MCDE is pairing up with for the Dance-A-Thon event on Saturday, Oct.
Katie Roberts is choreographing a contemporary piece this semester to the song "In The Arms of An Angel" by Sarah McLachlan. Previously, she has choreographed hip hop and lyrical for MCDE.
"I honestly chose the song because because I felt it had a wonderful message, which later inspired me to tell the story that many people are afraid to tell," Roberts said.
Jaclyn Navarro is teaching a "sassy hip hop" dance this semester.
This is her second time choreographing but the first time choreographing by herself.
"This dance is different from last semester because it is more of a girly hip hop rather than a hard-hitting hip hop. This style is appropriate because I love being girly but also doing hip hop," Navarro said.