Dancers of Sharhazad, a University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point multicultural dance organization, wants to restore founders visions to create relationships and lasting experiences for students by adding new members in 2015.
The group was co-founded in 2001 by UWSP alumnae Sheryl Morrison and Becka McGuinty. Jenny Asquo, one of the first members, joined the group in it’s early stages. She attends practices, despite having graduated.
Heather Carroll, president of Dancers of Shaharazad, emphasized the benefit of welcoming all students both past and present.
“Most of us have joined because there is no commitment to come, and we welcome all levels to come and have fun with us,” Carroll said.
Sarah Johanson, vice-president of Dancers of Shaharazad, emphasized the organization as an enriching and unique experience for students who are willing to try something new.
“The focus of the group is just about having fun, and it is definitely a niche for people that enjoy dancing,” Johanson said.
The group incorporates Arabic, Tribal and Indian music into routines. It performs annually at Portage County Cultural festival and at Stevens Point Area Senior High School for Cultural Fest.
The group wears colorful, intricately detailed hip scarfs with movement chimes. Some members also wear traditional cultural anklets. A typical dance involves hip movement and hand expressions.
The group encourages those looking for an opportunity to dance or engage in fun exerciese to try out the organization. It seeks members with positive attitudes and a willingness to move.
“As a second semester junior, I wish I had joined this group sooner,” said Kaitlyn Borisch, English major.