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Limited space keeps aMUsed fans on their feet

On April 13, 2014

Room 224 of the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center was packed Friday night with family, friends, Marshall University students and staff for the aMUsed Dance Company’s Spring Performance.

The performance is a small gathering of family and friends who join together to view Marshall performers in their spring recital, but this spring’s show exceeded expectations of President Kristin Boyd and Vice President Lauren Cundiff.

“We were so excited that more people came to support us than we anticipated.” Boyd said. “We had to compromise with dance space, but I couldn’t have been more happy with the amount of people that came.”

Seats were not available for the audience members arriving last to the show, but they were encouraged to stay and stand behind the rows of chairs to enjoy the performances.

“We did not rehearse with that many chairs on the floor, so we were actually limited on the amount of space when performing,” Boyd said. “However, all the dancers felt that they would rather have more audience members than floor space. We were all nervous, but our nerves affected our movement for the better.”

The show was a series of group, couple and solo performances that exhibited modern movement, jazz, and hip hop dance stylings.
While the small dance studio room made for limited space, the intimate setting put the audience right on stage with the dancers. Front row members of the audience were within an arm’s length of the dancers.

Audience members were able to connect with the dancers during an intermission while they took a moment to catch their breath.

Cundiff thanked everyone after the show and expressed her gratitude for everyone’s support of the aMUsed Dance Company.

Cundiff took a panoramic photo of the audience as evidence that Room 224 was not a large enough space for the spring performance for next year’s show.

“We hope to move the spring performance to the experimental theatre because more and more people keep showing up.” Boyd said.

The aMUsed program’s growth provides Marshall students, performers and viewers exposure to modern dance and the opportunity to join groups like theirs to participate in the performing arts.

Rachael Roberson can be contacted at roberson14@marshall.edu.

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