Dance the night away

“I have a headache,” Christina Noyes said right before the Skyline College dance department’s bi-yearly performance “Dance Dance” was about to start. “But it has nothing to do with this; my allergies are just acting up.”Noyes was one of 21 dancers who performed on May 6 and 7, including the teacher and choreographer for the dance, “Shades of Yellow and Copper,” which was an Afro-Cuban dance that originated from Nigeria. Even though Noyes had the beginnings of a headache she and her fellow dancers were excited that they were about to go on stage and perform a dance they had been working on all semester long.”This is exciting,” said Rachel Montague, one of the Afro-Cuban dancers. “It’s going to be great.”The opening for the spring 2004 production began with a modest crowd of a little over 100 people. However, the crowd, which was full of family, friends, and other dancers, backed up the performers on stage with screams of support, filling the theatre with not just music, but shout-outs and laughter.The production consisted of 12 different dance creations, ranging from hip-hop to modern dance and belly-dancing to ballroom. All the dances were choreographed and the amount of dancers ranged from over 20 in some to just one in others.What was quite apparent was that this production did not just represent different cultures when it came to the dances and music but also showed the diversity of the school when it came to the dancers themselves. No matter what the performance was, there was representation from all different ethnicities.”I think it’s great that there is such diversity between the groups,” said Heike Goering, one of the choreographers from the production.Not only were the routines choreographed down to perfection but the dancers’ wardrobes complemented the performances with outfits that matched the culture of the dance and had color coordination. For example, the hip-hop portion of the production, called “Girls vs. Boys,” showcased ’80s retro style attire with girls wearing pink and guys wearing blue and brown.Some performances added some flare with props such as canes and mirrors. One group, whose interpretive dance was titled, “Words of War,” used sign language to communicate their message.”It was a very good piece,” Jean Jarvinen said, a mother to Jenna Jarvinen, one of the dancers from “Words of War.” “The girls did a good job.”As the production wound down and the performers were taking their last bows, Jarvinen said, “They all did a good job.”