Whether your life is devoted to dancing in front of a crowded audience or you secretly jam out in the privacy of your own home, Friday Forums offer a little something for everyone.
Students dance at an ‘improvisation jam’ this past semester. Photos by Emily Nowak.
Taking place every Friday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Noel Fine Arts Center Dance Studios, students of any major share a style of dance or a topic related to dance with other students.
“This format allows dancers to academically explore other dance styles or topics in a structured environment, and it also gives dancers hands-on experience teaching a class,” said Kailey Field, an arts management major, dance minor, and dance student representative. “For other students across campus, Friday Forums are a free and fun way to learn more about dance, while simultaneously having a good workout.”
The Dance Program Student Representative, chosen by the majority vote of dance majors and minors in September, is responsible for serving as the student voice in weekly faculty meetings and organizing Friday Forums. However, the topics themselves are chosen by students.
In the past, these forums have offered tap, contact improvisation, yoga, zumba, ballet, ballroom, jazz and hip hop dances.
“Any student can contribute ideas to Friday Forums, that is the whole point! Friday Forums are up to you, the students,” Field said. “If you want to lead a forum, jam out to a particular dance style, or learn about the topic related to dance, contact me at my e-mail,email@example.com.”
As a dance major and previous teacher of a forum class, Emily Nowak attests to the value of a dance class such as this.
“It’s incredibly beneficial for participants as well as those instructing because it is all student-run. The classes are fun, energetic, and a variety you wouldn’t necessarily get through dance classes within the department. The no-pressure situation lets everybody enjoy themselves and have fun. I mean one day we even got to learn the flamingo and hip hop. It’s not every day that you get to do that.”
Upcoming Friday Forums include the Cha-Cha Caliente on Feb. 10, Reviving Yoga on Feb. 17, and Ceilidh Dance (taught by foreign exchange students from Ireland) on March 2. As always, these events will take place in the NFAC dance studios from 3:30-4:30 p.m. To learn more about future Friday Forums, contact Kailey Field, check out the Dance Program bulletin board, or watch your Student Message of the Day.