I wanna dance with somebody: Dance Alliance offers former dancers an outlet for their passion

Dance Alliance mdembers after a master class. (Photo Courtesy of the CofC Dance Alliance Facebook page)

Have you been dancing your whole life and now missing that creative outlet? Are you looking for a community to dance with? Do you want to express yourself in a new, different way?

Dance Alliance, the College’s on-campus dance club caters to all these desires.

Dance Alliance wants to facilitate a community of dancers who bond over their same passion. They wish to create a space where students who want to dance have the opportunity to. Dance Alliance sponsors master classes throughout the semester ranging from sleeping yoga to hip-hop to ballet, just to name a few. With an emphasis in modern dance, the usually student-led classes occur on Mondays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Alex Carroll, the club’s president, explains the importance of the group.

“I think it’s good because [it works for] people who aren’t in the dance program,” Carroll said. “It’s just a good opportunity for them to get to dance without as much commitment, so I think a lot of people who danced before, it’s hard to give it up so it’s really great to come back to.”

Carroll, who danced for a decade before coming to college, heard about the club through her big in her sorority. She joined for her personal want to continue dance after a lifetime with the sport, eventually becoming the club’s leader.

Mattie Rogers, the group’s treasurer and one of their main dance teachers, added that “it’s an opportunity for everyone to get up and move. You can push yourself as far as you want to push yourself.”

Students dance at one of the club’s master classes. (Photo Courtesy of the CofC Dance Alliance Facebook page)

As a dance major, Rogers loves Dance Alliance because it gives her the learning opportunity to teach, something she plans to pursue after college as a career.

Secretary Ana Miletich joined spring of her freshman year after happening upon the group on OrgSync.

“My freshman year in the fall, I didn’t dance at all. I wasn’t in dance alliance and I was really sad. My whole semester was just sad,” Miletich said.

Now, Miletich serves her passion both through the College’s dance department and through Dance alliance. The classes serve as an enjoyable opportunity for all types of dancers, from beginners and the theater-oriented to experienced dancers like Miletich. They are great for any type of person to learn,  as they are student-led and very low pressure.

“A big thing is you don’t need to be a major or a minor to be a part of Dance Alliance or to be a part of the shows,” Miletich said. “So you can be involved with dance in college and not let it go, even if it’s not your primary focus.”








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