March 27, 2014
By Allura Morneau, Staff Writer
The University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) Bust-A-Move Beavers (BAM) dance club is struggling
to prepare for their approaching recitals in April.
Olivia Godard, BAM president and UMF junior, said, “We are at a time crunch with the show being
much earlier than expected. Our show is also Relay for Life’s weekend so our relay team, Bust-A-Move
For A Cure, is under a bit of stress with that happening on Friday night into Saturday morning (that same
BAM’s short-term goals are to completely finish all the dance numbers before April break, “Not all
dances are completely choreographed, but the majority of them are all set to go with just touch-ups and
more practices! They will all be done the week before break in hopes that nothing needs to be changed
over break because the show is the following weekend,” said Godard.
BAM is doing everything in their power to get ready for the recitals, including lighting preparation
and dress rehearsals. “Bust-A-Move Beavers dance club has practice together twice a week (Wednesday
nights and Sunday afternoons), and small groups continue to practice during their individual time slots.
We have had Kelly Ellerbrook and other student workers from Emery Community Arts Center to view
what we have and get an idea on music and lighting. The week of the show there are two dress rehearsals
in which we practice in the space and go through the show motions,” explained Godard.
Despite the pressure, Godard insists that she and the other dancers are having a lot of fun preparing for
the rehearsals, “We all get nervous, but it’s an exciting feeling as well.”
When one considers the number of audience members there will be, it’s no surprise that the dancers
might be a little on edge. From wall to wall, there will be eager friends, family and Farmington
community members there to support the dancers. There will be three performances of the recital in two
day, with over one hundred thirty people to watch the show at each. “We have the place packed. Along
with this there are people lining the edges of the stage. The people that get the “good seats” are usually
there up to 2 hours before the doors open,” said Godard.
Godard gave a sneak-peek at what some of their exciting routines will include, “This semester we
have so many talented dances, but my favorite dance would be our Big Group one. In this everyone is
involved, showing off both the lyrical and hip-hop style of dance. It also showcases the seniors who are
graduating and ends our show.”
Sylvia Brooks, UMF sophomore and BAM member, said that she recently finished choreographing her
“trio” with her fellow BAM members Hayley Smith-Rose and Brittany Douglas.
Brooks went into practice the other day feeling like she was unprepared. “I was nervous about the trio
because it just felt like we were running out of ideas.”
“Our trio is a dance to ‘Janie’s Got a Gun,’ and our big number (the one involving all BAM members)
is a mash-up of a bunch of different songs.”
But, by letting the movement of the music take over and the synergy of the tree dancers, they pulled
the routine together.
They played the music over and over. They worked together to finish the piece, “fine tuning” the
dance, working off each other’s idea, according to Brooks. “I couldn’t have done it without Hayley and
Brittany,” said Brooks.
Brooks said that, while she is feeling somewhat unready, she has confidence in her skills at a dancer,
and does not feel nervous about performing live in front of so many people. “(The recitals are) earlier
than usual. We only have three weeks to pull it all together. For myself, I’m not nervous because I’ve
been dancing for fourteen years, so I’m a little used to it by now.”
The recitals will be held on April 11th at 7 p.m. and April 12th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Admission is free.