By Shannah Cotton, Staff Writer
The Bust-a-Move-Beavers (BAM) have their first performances of the year on Wednesday, Dec. 5th and Friday Dec. 7th at 7:30 pm in Emery Auditorium.
“The 20 plus numbers in the show will include dance styles hip hop, tap, lyrical, clogging and more,” said BAM President and UMF junior Hayley Smith-Rose. As for the moves, many BAM members of the 50 plus member group collaborated to choreograph the dance routines.
One dance you can expect to see in both performances is Jessica Goulet’s clogging number. Goulet, a junior at UMF and secretary for BAM, has been dancing since she was five years old, her favorite style being clogging.
“It’s a lot like tap except there are two taps instead of one and they add an extra sound to each step. It’s a little bit faster to more modern music,” said Goulet. She performed a clogging solo in last semester’s performance and plans on dancing one again for the upcoming recital.
Kerri-lyn Hernandez, a junior English major at UMF, is planning on performing a lyrical duet with Innes Herdan, a fellow junior. “I just started BAM at the start of the semester, I started because I love to dance, I’ve been dancing since I was ten and missed performing in recitals so much!” said Hernandez.
Anyone who attended last semester’s performance knows that the BAM group has fun with their costume choices, choosing fun, bright colors and glitter. “It’s gonna be ‘rockin’” said Smith-Rose with a wide smile spread across her face, eyes lighting up with excitement.
The club was created in the spring of 2011 by Becky Cook, a senior at UMF, but performances didn’t begin until the following semester. Fall of 2011 is when current President Smith-Rose got involved in the group, and she’s very glad she did.
Smith-Rose recalled “I think overall my favorite memories of BAM are just watching people grow as dancers. You can see an obvious change in people because there are all different skill levels in BAM. So the beginners you can really see improving, and the people who excel you can see them mentoring newer people.”
This semester the group decided to put on two separate nights of performance due to previous seating problems. “Last semester it got so big that not everyone who wanted to see it could be let in,” said Goulet.
Besides one recital per semester, the group also has performed in flash mobs around campus, like the one on voting day and the one at the Halloween da“BAM lets me perform doing something that I’ve loved since I was really little and being able to express myself in that way and also exploring other types of genres in dance as well,” said Goulet, reflecting on her experience in BAM.