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“Arts, Feets, and Beats,” a fall quarter student organization showcase presented by Frelon Dance Company, plans to take over Dalton Theatre this weekend.
“We’re trying to make it a continuation, an annual event where it can kind of be a preview for the bigger shows that go on in spring,” said Kat Barrett ’13, a Frelon director. Frelon, like many other StuOrgs puts on its biggest show of the year during spring quarter.
“Our goal was to try to get a wide mix of different performing arts talent, so we have some improv, we have some poetry, we have a capella,” Barrett said. Other acts include a fashion show, a band, and a skit.
Audrey Slough ’13, another Frelon director, said it is hard to get participation in the fall. But, she said, the show includes beginners and seasoned performers.
Kelly Treharne ’16 said she decided to participate as a way to stay involved in dance at college. She was part of the varsity dance team at her high school. “Otherwise I’d really, really miss dance,” Treharne said. Treharne is expected to perform in a modern dance choreographed by Frelon director Mara Livezey ’13.
Dorothy Mujubu ’14 plans to perform in two pieces, including a dance collaboration between Kalama-AFRICA and the Caribbean Society. “It is good publicity for our student organization,” Mujubu said.
The annual fall showcase started in 2009 and has evolved since. “Over the past 4 years, Frelon as an organization has tried to formalize [the show] so that more student organizations are available to perform in it,” said Audrey Slough ’13.
Barrett said the Frelon directors sent a mass email to all of the student organization leaders looking for participation. They left the pieces up to the leaders, offering to answer any questions but they stayed out of the development process. “We haven’t seen a lot of the pieces yet, so it’s kind of a surprise for us too,” Barrett said.
She and the other directors got a more in-depth look at the numbers starting on Monday, when tech week began. “We do have a lot of StuOrg leaders who have done this kind of thing in the past,” said Slough.
The performance appears on the schedule for family weekend, something the directors planned, said Barrett. They approached the family weekend committee in July, proposing to put their show on the calendar. “It’s exciting for this show and its notability,” Slough said.
Arts, Feets, and Beats takes place in Dalton on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. Eleven StuOrgs plan to participate. Tickets are free, but donations go to Loaves and Fishes. Ticket tabling starts today in Hicks.