Although many of Knox’s dancers find a home in the Auxiliary Gym, affectionately nicknamed the Aux, the building’s doors are open to everyone.
On Wednesday, Sept. 12, the Dance Department hosted an open house in the Aux to highlight some of the changes that students will see this year.
This fall and throughout the year, the department will be offering a variety of dance classes and workshops to the whole of the Knox community. Anyone who is passionate about dance or passionately curious is welcome to attend, as the department focuses on creating an environment where learning, improving and collaborating with others can happen.
The Terpsichore Dance Collective, or Terp, is not new to the culture of extracurricular clubs at Knox, but many of its policies are. Featuring an executive board of fresh faces, including President junior Evelyn Langley and Co-Production Managers juniors Kelsey Cullum and Kelsey Witzling, Terp has revised their mission statement to include the goal of “building a thriving, diverse dance community by creating educational and performance opportunities that foster exploration in the art of moving,” according to the group’s Facebook page.
These refocused goals became necessary with the astounding growth of Terp, as evidenced by the cast size for their performance this past spring term. With 140 students participating, it was not possible for the entire cast to remain in the green room of Harbach Theatre during the show, which can only hold 50 people in accordance with fire codes.
To put their revised mission into practice, Terp now allows cast sizes of only 50 participants to be divided amongst nine choreographers. Everyone is still encouraged to attend auditions and apply to choreograph.
Terp will also be offering more opportunities to get involved in dance with the addition of student-taught, student-attended dance classes, master classes, events on campus, and field trips.
This term’s Terp performances will be on Friday, Nov.9 and Saturday, Nov. 10.