This past weekend, Colgate students, faculty and community members flooded the Memorial Chapel to experience one of the school’s most well attended and prominent campus events. Dancefest, a celebration of culture, the arts and community, is a time when students are able to express themselves freely through dance and music.
But what exactly make Dancefest such an important and well loved tradition?
Maybe it’s the powerful expressions of culture and identity. A number of groups explore dances with a backstory, from KPOP’d to CSA; these acts allow both the performers and dancers to experience and appreciate the arts of various societal organizations, as well as geographic regions.
Maybe it’s the dedication that these students put into each of their dances. Hundreds of hours of blood, sweat, tears and late night rehearsals, all pooled into one energy filled show. This extreme passion can be felt from powerful groups like Fuse and the Ballroom Dancers.
Or maybe it’s the sense of community that is formed between dancers within their groups, and as an artistic society on campus. Dancers of varying interests and skill levels, from the professional artist to the party hopper, all come together to perform an opening number, and then cheer vigorously as their friends perform on stage.
I would say that Dancefest encompasses all of these things, if not more. It’s a tradition that draws huge support from the Colgate community and helps the arts to flourish.
If you didn’t have a chance to watch the show this year, be sure to watch on the Livestream(link below)! It’s an event not to be missed, whether you choose to grace the stage or fill the audience. See you there next semester!