By Alexandria Waldron
The Cal Poly Pomona Broncettes Dance Team displayed talent and passion in its first ever dance showcase.
Students, friends and family members came to support the Broncettes in the University Theatre on Friday as well as other local dance groups in a 1 1/2 hour performance.
“We wanted to make a name for ourselves as the Broncettes,” said Madison Lynch, a third-year psychology student and Broncettes vice president. “We wanted to show what we can do as a dance team outside of supporting athletics.”
The Broncettes began planning for the showcase back in November to raise money for the program. The team sold over 180 tickets and raised over $1,000 through the showcase.The Broncettes are part of the CPP Student Interest Council, and used council meetings to communicate and encourage other dance groups on campus to participate in the showcase.
“We wanted to get a wide variety of groups with different dance styles,” said second-year hospitality management student Malia Silverman. “It was exciting because people don’t normally get to see these other campus groups perform.”
The group performances included CPP’s Barkada Modern, Black Out, Grupo Folklorico and Transcend Color Guard. Broncettes also coach local high school and junior high dance teams, which rounded out the showcase.
“This is the first time we’re having our own show, so it’s really exciting,” said third-year psychology student and Broncettes President Marisa Rodriguez.
Constant cheers and whistles from the audience showed that the Broncettes were not the only ones who were excited about the showcase.
“Everyone worked so hard on their dances,” said Lynch.
The Broncettes performed 15 of the 25 routines throughout the showcase. Some included solo or duet performances, while others involved all the group members.
“We wanted to showcase what we were trained in,” said Silverman. “We’re showing our jazz, lyrical and contemporary techniques as well as highlighting everyone’s strong suits.”
The routines featured popular songs like “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars and “Candyman” by Christina Aguilera.
“This was a lot different than preparing for a basketball game or other sporting event,” said Rodriguez. “Those routines usually only take a week to learn, but we’ve been working on the showcase routines for months now.”
Rodriguez performed a solo routine and choreographed multiple dances for the showcase.
In addition to preparing the dances, the Broncettes also had to find the time to organize the event.
“The showcase also required a lot more event planning than we normally do for our other performances,” said Lynch. “Thankfully, we had several volunteers who helped us sell tickets and advertise for the event.”
Several CPP athletes were in attendance to support the Broncettes who are always supporting them during their games.
“It was really nice to see other athletics teams come out to support us,” said Lynch. “They were so enthusiastic. We didn’t know they felt this way about us.”
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