After a year without a competitive dance team, Brock Dance will once again be able to compete this March. The club was unable to build a team last year due to internal structural changes, but are excited to put their best foot forward once more.
In addition to their on-campus lessons, the competitive team has been practicing for three upcoming performances.
In both Upper Walker and Cairns Atrium you can find the team practicing, rotating between styles on the hour. The styles range from hip hop, lyrical, jazz, open, Irish, highland, tap, ballet and musical theatre, all ranging in difficulty from beginner to advanced.
Brock Dance’s competitive team will be participating in competitions throughout March and the entire club — both competitive and non-competitive — performs a recital at the end of the month. Members of the competitive team were selected from auditions that were held in September. The non-competitive teams do not require auditions.
At the beginning of the year the team hosted their annual Brock Dance Banquet, where they put on a unique performance to fundraise for RAFT Niagara, a social service helping at-risk and homeless youth to become self-sufficient and independent. They have implemented a 24/7 hostel with 16 bunks, transportation programs, and more community building as well as networking programs for Niagara youth. Brock Dance has been fundraising for RAFT Niagara for approximately 10 years. Their 2016 performance fundraiser alone raised over $5,000 for the group.
If you have been on campus in the evening, you have likely witnessed the team dancing in Cairns or Walker. While the team has managed to produce stunning productions, they have struggled to find a practice space that is ideal for their needs. The team only gets two hours to practice in Brock’s Fitness Studio on Friday evenings, when they practice tap.
Brock Dance hosts dance lessons for those interested in a wide range of dance styles every evening from Monday to Thursday, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.