When you walk by Pride Dance Team captains Maggie O’Rourke and Alicia Annelli, look them in the eyes and they will smile at you.
Like all stage performers, dancers are trained to keep an ear-to-ear smile while moving their bodies in their form of art. When talking to O’Rourke and Annelli, it is evident that their “stage smiles” are nothing but genuine.
The two, along with co-captain Meghan Porter, are happy to be leading the dance team in preparation for their biggest fundraiser of the year. On Feb. 6 and Feb. 7, the Fuller Arts Center will be open at 7 p.m. for the team’s performance.
For five dollars, SC students can witness 10 amazing dance numbers along, with special guest performers, all of whom have been working hard to prepare a memorable show.
“I’m very proud of all the hours the team has put in for this year’s fundraiser,” O’Rourke said. The 13 team members have been practicing 15 hours a week perfecting their dances.
Seniors Eric Aurelien and Tim Johansmeyer are going to be showcased in the special guest performance. Neither man has had any dance experience, but they plan on being crowd pleasers.
The two expressed their excitement for the show. “I have always enjoyed dancing, and I know performing this weekend is going to be fun,” Johansmeyer said. “I am both excited and nervous.”
“I have learned that there is so much that goes into a dance show. Between formations, lighting, and choreography, it’s harder than it looks, and the team makes it look easy,” Aurelien said.
While talking about their enthusiasm for the upcoming performance, the men and their dance captains were smiling and laughing, expressing how much they enjoy being a part of such a well put together show.
This young program of four years has been putting on beautiful, free performances during football and basketball games, and now is your chance to show some support. All proceeds from the show will go towards costumes for future performances, and transportation to competitions, including nationals.
Come to the Fuller Arts Center and watch such genuine performers who are great at what they love to do. Annelli said, “It’s going to be the best exhibition of our talent so far.”