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Annette
Needmore, Pennsylvania
Sociology
Dance

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University Dancers, watching movies, exploring Richmond

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Spring Break: From Needmore to Greensboro

March 18, 2013

Though University Dancers is technically finished for the season after the Spring Concert, our contracts also include a trip to the American College Dance Festival for the Mid-Atlantic conference. This year it was held at UNC Greensboro in Greensboro, North Carolina during the last part of our week-long spring break. As many other of my fellow Spiders were on a beach somewhere or traveling abroad, my break was spent either in my bed or in a dance studio. 

The first few days of break were a blur, mainly because of my numerous naps and long periods of hibernation. My mom, who always worries that I am sick when I get home because all I want to do is sleep, lets me have the first day or two to just sleep in late and be lazy around the house. However, after that I usually start to perk up and want to do things like visit family and run errands. I was able to hang out with my grandfather (Pappy) and my grandmother (Nanny) at Bingo on Saturday night.  As fun as those things were (I’m not being sarcastic, I love bingo as much as my Nanny), my favorite part of being home was discovering that my dog makes an excellent running companion. Bo, my spunky yellow lab, accompanied me on two runs on the toe path of the C & O Canal. 

the canal trail

Because I have yet to become good runner, the canal path in Hancock, Maryland is perfect for me to try and improve. It’s basically just a straight path between the Potomac River and the old canal.  I like it because the river is beautiful and I can appreciate the history of it. After all, the canal was responsible for populating many towns along its path, like Hancock.  However, it is a little secluded and my mom doesn’t like the idea of me running alone on it. So the arrangement that we came up with was that I would take my dog.  Bo, who is probably the friendliest dog I’ve ever met, also has a very short attention span so I was worried that he would constantly be tugging me in every which way so that he could smell anything and everything. Much to my surprise, he was awesome! He kept up a good pace with me the whole time and never actually pulled me off the trail. Towards the end of our jog, he slowly started to fall behind and leash was reaching longer and longer as I coaxed him along. But, not surprisingly, as soon as I pulled a treat from my pocket he sprinted with me to the finish line!

My Bo

My time at home was a great escape from the stress I had endured throughout the week of midterms, but I was definitely looking forward to more dancing during break. On Thursday morning, all but one of the University Dancer along with 2 faculty members and a student lighting designer left for Greensboro, North Carolina. With a music-filled road trip with some of my very amusing friends, we arrived in 3 and a half short hours, just in time to make it to the first Adjudicated Concert. Each college that participates (about 15-20 schools come to the festival) usually submits 1-2 pieces to be adjudicated by a panel of dance professionals. This year, the panel consisted of Shani Collins Achille, Sean Curran, and George de la Pena (AKA three VERY big names in the dance world) and they gave feedback on all of the pieces in the adjudicated concerts, including the piece submitted by UR. One of the seniors on UD had choreographed a duet that premiered in our Spring concert and we were all excited to hear the very positive feedback that she received for it. Congrats Bri!

Along with watch loads of works from other schools, I took class with many professors from the participating colleges and even from the adjudicators themselves.  Sean Curran’s Contemporary class was by far my favorite. It consisted of all the elements of what I consider to be a good class: sweating, thinking, and laughing.  He gave us combinations that made us think hard, work hard, and were so full of life that it was impossible not to smile during them. His passion for dance and his generous, kind, and bright spirit radiated from him the entirety of the class and it motivated all of us dancers to do even better than our best.  Curran said that “sweat” was the “perfume of accomplishment,” and I couldn’t agree more. Though I am excited to start the second part of Spring semester with a bit of more free time now that dance is over, ACDF refreshed my motivation to try and keep up my technique throughout the spring and the summer!

I’m currently a sophomore at the University of Richmond and interested in Dance and Sociology. I applied Early Decision to Richmond because it had such a great mix of everything I was looking for academically and holds a deep appreciation for the arts. When I’m at school you can usually find me dancing in Frederick Rehearsal Hall, enjoying my study time in Boatwright Memorial Library, or trying to entertain my roommate with my jokes and facial expressions. Cookies are my favorite food, though macaroni and cheese is a close second. I am a part of the University Dancers for a second year in a row - and I love it! Something interesting about me: a major goal of mine is to be on the ‘Jeopardy’ show.