With a new year and semester, everyone wants to start things off on the right foot, and for the UNB Dance Team, they will get that chance later this month at their first competition of the year.
The Atlantic Collegiate Dance Competition will be taking place on Jan. 31 at the Currie Center, and Deanna Molnar, who is president of the team, is feeling good about how the team is looking.
“Things are coming together well. The Christmas break really puts a halt on practices but now that we are back into the groove of things, rehearsals are starting to become more intense as competition creeps up.”
Now in its fourth year, the competition is hosting dance teams from Université de Moncton, Dalhousie University, St. Francis Xavier University and Mount Allison University.
One of this year’s judges is Natalie Lyons. Lyons is originally from the East Coast but is now living in Los Angeles. Along with being a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance Canada, she has danced with Beyonce, Usher, Nelly Furtado and Willow Smith.
Lauren Guitard is a first–year student on the team. She is excited to dance with her new teammates.
“I feel excited about competing with a new team. I think it will be a good experience as is any competition. I think we will do our best.”
For Molnar, this year is the start of something new for the group.
“This team is different from other years, it’s extremely diverse. We have people from all over Canada and the world as well as different backgrounds in dance. We tried to be more accepting this year and move into a new year with an open mind. We all became super close really quickly and are all very accepting of our own individual personalities and styles of dance.”
The dance team is made up of UNB and STU students and alumni. They are a self-run team without a choreographer.
After the competition, Lyons and the other judges will be hosting a workshop for the competitors and others who want to take part.
Later this year the team will be having a show on the weekend of March 21 and then head to Halifax for Cheer Expo on March 28 – 29. If they win in Halifax, they will go to Disney World for the United States All Star Federation Dance Worlds.
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