Written by Brie Boss.
Extravadance is returning to BYU-Idaho March 10-12 and is featuring students performing a variety of dance styles in the show.
This semester, Collegiate will join the Dance Alliance group for the performance, according to the Extravadance Facebook page.
Collegiate Dancers is a student-directed performing group consisting of approximately 65 dancers presenting a wide variety of styles and genres of dance including ballroom, contemporary, jazz, clogging and world dance.
Dance Alliance is a group of 36 dancers that may receive one to three academic credits, though it is not a class, according to the Dance Alliance Web page.
Pono Kanaeo, a junior studying dance, said performers have practices every Monday, Wednesday and Friday ranging from about 3-6 p.m. and Saturdays starting at 8 a.m. until about noon.
“The mental and physical stamina from day to day is tough,” Kanaeo said. “It is bitter work some days, but it’s all worth it in the end.”
Kanaeo said he is in a variety of dances, including waltz, hip hop and swing.
“The hardest part about preparing for the show would be the rehearsals of cleaning the pieces,” said Mason Van Katwyk, a sophomore studying health science. “They are so tedious that it bugs me a little every time we stop, but there is a method to the madness.”
Van Katwyk said working with choreographers, instructors and directors has been a great experience for many people, including him.
“The choreographers and instructors are very professional, clear with their movement and intent for their pieces,” Van Kawtyk said. “Because of that, it makes our job of learning the movement easier because we understand the purpose behind it.”
Rachel Briggs, a junior studying business management, said working with choreographers and instructors builds respect among the dancers.
“Working with the choreographers and directors is awesome,” Briggs said. “As long as you’re respectful and cooperative and pay attention, working with them is smooth. And they’ll work with you, too.”
Briggs said that seeing the whole performance come together is great.
“What I look forward to about the show is putting all the hard work we have put in to the pieces on stage with lights and having everything come together,” Van Katwyk said.
Briggs said she originally wanted to be in the ballroom pieces since that is her favorite style of dance but did not make it.
“The world dancing auditions were afterwards, so I stayed for those just for fun,” Briggs said. “The two pieces I’m in from that audition are Bhangra, a Bollywood dance, and Hawaiian hula.”
Though Briggs was sore from Bhangra in particular, she said she was very happy to be in the dances. The hardest part for her was the wear and tear it put on her body, Briggs said.
“Bhangra had me sore for a couple weeks, and my calves still get super tense,” Briggs said. “But I’m so in shape the choreography wasn’t difficult for me.”
Kanaeo said that through the rough practices, he feels it is all worth it.
“The best thing is the applause; we live for it,” said Kanaeo. “We also love sharing what we do.”
Extravadance is showing at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the Oscar A. Kirkham BuildingAuditorium, according to the Extravadance Web page. Tickets are $3 for BYU-I students.