Vitality Dance Company participants share experiences, memories from intro class | La Vida

 Texas Tech’s Vitality Dance Organization hosted its “Dance It Out” course from 4 to 5 p.m. on Aug. 19 at the Tech Recreational Heart. Dancers of all ability ranges discovered two routines with just one of Vitality’s co-presidents, Mary Tannos.

Vitality has beforehand carried out at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Middle for the Arts’ Firehouse Theatre and the Buddy Holly Middle. The college student-led dance team performs quite a few dance variations, from lyrical to hip hop.

Tannos, a fifth-year accounting college student from Montgomery, Texas, reported she has been with Vitality considering that her freshman 12 months. Tannos said she has witnessed the firm and its dancers evolve along with dance as an art.

“I imagine we experienced around 60 ladies my first semester, which was insane,” Tannos reported. “It was nuts how substantially house we took up on the phase.”

The company’s semester performances appeared a great deal unique past calendar year in the course of the pandemic. Vitality was only authorized to have 50 people today in their location at a time, like dancers.

“We had girls biking in and out backstage, likely and sitting in their cars and trucks if they weren’t dancing,” Tannos claimed. “We only had 25 people today in the viewers at a time.”

Now, Tannos said, Vitality is returning to ordinary. She claimed the company’s dependable social media presence has brought in messages from quite a few possible members.

The apply session began with jazz choreography to Jess Glynne’s “Hold My Hand.” Some attendants arrived wearing dance athleisure use with jazz footwear, when others, like Raymond Tran, wore a t-shirt, shorts and sneakers.

“I experienced to sit down, it was receiving as well difficult,” explained Tran, a 1st-12 months natural source administration transfer scholar from Plano, about 20 minutes into the course. “But I like it.”

Mario Ochoa, a 1st-yr nursing scholar from Houston, claimed he presently had preceding dance working experience he was on his high school’s cheerleading team for 4 yrs.

“Dancing, for me, is an expression of artwork,” Ochoa said.

When he browse about Vitality in the checklist of Raider Welcome events, Ochoa said he understood he had to show up at this course.

“What I want to get out of dance following faculty is to have the great equilibrium,” Ochoa mentioned. “You’ve got to still concentrate on your function, you know, your job, but still be in a position to make time to take treatment of your mental wellness. To be joyful even though dancing, stuff like that.”

Midway through the class, co-president Tannos transitioned into educating a piece of modern day choreography to “Coloratura” by Coldplay. A number of other students arrived in to enjoy the dancers practice.

Nicole Garcia, a next-calendar year transfer kinesiology transfer scholar from Houston, mentioned she also experienced dance experience in tap and other models. Garcia attended the class with her friends, who experienced no prior sophisticated dance encounter.

“I experienced to drag them to come with me,” Garcia claimed through a break.

The class concluded with a query-and-reply session moderated by Tannos and Vitality’s treasurer, Bri Wilkerson.

Auditions to be part of Vitality will be hosted on Aug. 28, just after which the group will exercise on Sunday evenings. Immediately after earning the workforce, members are totally free to audition their individual choreography that Vitality might pick out to execute for the duration of the semester.