Innermission, Dance Battle

When in doubt, dance it out

Battle of the Dance will be held Oct. 17 in the Oscar A. Kirkham Auditorium. The cost is $3 per person.

Auditions were held Oct.  6, at the Manwaring Center Little Theater from 5-9 p.m.

The show is a favorite on campus, and it features all types of dance including ballroom, contemporary and hip-hop, according to Student Activities.

German Valdez, a senior studying exercise physiology, said one does not have to be a dance major to audition.            

“I’ve performed about six times at Battle of the Dance, and I’ve made it to Best of Show four times, so 10 altogether,” Valdez said.

He said for this, his 11th show, he is leading a group of five people who will be performing a hip-hop routine.

He said none of them are official dancers; they just enjoy it, learn and practice.            

“It just goes to show if you’re wanting to develop a talent, you have to be willing to put forth time and effort,” Valdez said.    

Alyssa Aman, a junior studying biology, said she is the leader of a hip-hop group called NOVA who audtioned for this semester’s show.           

“I’ve been dancing since I was three, and ever since my third semester, I’ve been doing Battle of the Dance,” Aman said. “My first time performing was Fall 2013, and we went into Best of Show.”

She said her group is auditioning with a hip-hop/ K-pop number.

“Come and enjoy the show,” Aman said. “There is always lots of talented dancers, and it’s a different show every semester.”            

Some health benefits that come from dancing include stress reduction, boosting memory and diminished depression, according to Everyday Health.

Dancing may boost one’s memory and prevent one from developing dementia as one gets older, according to a study in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Studies show that dancing can provide stress relief, and patients who participated in an upbeat group dance showed the fewest depression symptoms, according to Everyday Health.

Jayden Stolp, a freshman studying exercise physiology, said he audtitioned with a hip hop dance, and this was his first time auditioning for the show.

He said he likes to express himself through dance and be original.

“I thought it would be a good opportunity to bring some culture to the show,” he said.             

Valdez said he originally started dancing as a way to physically stay in shape.

“Initially, when I first started, it was mostly a form of recreation, a way to stay in shape,” Valdez said. “This semester, it’s a way to get away from my studies, take my mind off it.”           

Valdez he would encourage students to attend the show.

“It sells out every semester,” Valdez said. “It’s one of the most popular shows on campus, so get your tickets early.”

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