The Economista: A Five Dollar Friday Night feat. Fusion Dance Company

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Welcome to The Economista! Brought to you by your first-year blogger/money-savvy best friend Karine Liu, The Economista is a blog for the budget-conscious Brunonian! Check back here each week for the tips and tricks that’ll have you rolling in your own sea of green out on the Main Green in no time!

Greetings, fellow Brunonians! I hope everyone is staying warm, because as I’m sure you, your mom, your grandma, and your seventh cousin are aware, it is horrible outside. But if staying inside on your Friday nights sounds like a potential snore, know that there are fun and well-heated events happening at Brown each and every week.

And this week, was the 32nd Annual Fusion Dance Company Spring Show.

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For a mere five dollars (or seven at the door), Brunonians had the opportunity of watching the amazing Fusion Dance Company glide, pop, jump, hop, and positively jam. Fusion Dance Company’s history is as interesting as their pieces:

“In 1983, Paula Franklin, a black woman at Brown, felt the need for more student choreography on campus. That year, she coreographed a piece for the annual Fall Dance Concert, called ‘Portrait of a Studio.’ This piece was the precursor to Fusion Dance Company. In the Spring semester of the same academic year, auditions were held to form a diverse company of 23 students.”

And since then, Fusion Dance Company has remained dedicated to this diversity. As showcased in their pieces, the range of the dancers is seemingly infinite: from ballet to hip-hop to contemporary to kung-fu to a collaboration with South Asian dance group Badmaash, all types of dance were represented and celebrated.

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IMG_7832Split into two acts, the performances made our jaws drop, our eyes water, and our hearts pang. The interludes, that I predict gave the dancers some time to catch their breath, often brought the audience to their knees laughing (let’s just say the Chicken Dance was involved). Everyone was also delighted by the Senior’s Piece, which only demonstrated further how charming and truly talented these dancers are.

Following the final piece, the entirety of Fusion Dance Company came out on stage to raucous applause. It was a wonderful night in which everyone left happily, warmly, and wanting to finally take up that dance class.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for any topics you’d like to see covered by The Economista, email me at karine_liu@brown.edu! See you next week!

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