By Katrina Teixeira, Staff Writer
Audience members began to line up an hour early at the Emery Community Arts Center, where the second show of the Bust-A-Move Beavers (BAM)’s dance recital was being held, recently.
The line continued to grow rapidly until people started to be warned of the limited seating and potential to not be allowed in to watch at all. Once allowed inside, the audience gathered to find friends and family along with the best seats to sit in. Once everyone was seated, chatter built up until the lights were turned off.
Rebecca Collela, the founder of Bust-A-Move Beavers and alumni of the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) introduced the show. After she spoke about the club, the lights were turned off, and the audience waited impatiently for the dancers to come on stage and for the show to begin.
To prepare for the recital, BAM spends numerous hours practicing. Practices are held for two hours on Wednesday nights, two and a half hours on Sundays and typically an hour at other times during the week for the songs participants of the group signed up to be in. “BAM starts to become a family because of all the time you spend together,” said Bethany Parisi, a sophomore dancer involved in the club.
The opening act this year was with the song “Bang Bang”, and the whole group closed the show with “Tsunami,” which consisted of the dancers making storm waves with their bodies. At the end, the audience’s cheers were roaring with a standing ovation. The show also featured a variety of dance styles including lyrical, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, tap, country, pop and alternative music. In all there 18 different performances.
Larissa Hannan, a sophomore and secretary, co-choreographed the group lyrical dance with Alaina Shorey this semester. Hannan is proud of everyone’s hard work. “Having the lyrical dance start from nothing and come together so beautifully in such a short period of time was amazing to watch,” she said.
The dancers enjoyed the show just as much as the audience did. Britany Douglass, President of BAM said in an e-mail interview, “I guess the best part of the show for me is having people come and support us. I love hearing the crowd get into the dances and hear them clap after each one.” The claps were heard after every song, some more or less than others, but always a clap and some “woo’s.”
BAM is open to anyone who wants to join, no matter their skill level. “It does not matter if you have danced for 19 years or 9 minutes, you are welcome to join BAM,” said Douglass. “BAM is a great group of people, we all come from different backgrounds of dance, some lyrical, some hip hop, some cheerleading, but the one thing we all have in common is that we all love dance.”