April 23, 2018
Put some spring in your step
Dance is so popular at Providence College that studio space is booked to capacity. We invited students from Dance Company, Dance Team, Dance Club, Ballroom Dance, Irish Dance, Motherland Dance, and Step Team to participate in a photo session with photographer Karin Michele Dailey on a Saturday afternoon in January. Their precision, enthusiasm, and skills were breathtaking.
Special congratulations goes to the Dance Team, which came in fifth in the nation in the National Dance Association Championships.
Ballroom Dance - Lessons in waltz, foxtrot, swing, and cha-cha are benefits for Ballroom Dance members Katherine Martinez ’20 (Stamford, Conn.) and Nicholas Ogrinc ’19 (Lebanon, N.H.). Martinez studies biology and public and community service studies, and she spent spring break on a service-learning trip to Guatemala. Ogrinc is a double major in English and philosophy who spent a semester in Jordan.
Dance Club - A dancer since age 3, Ashley Maitland ’19 (Norwalk, Conn.), below, likes the variety of genres offered through Dance Club, where membership frequently reaches 75. She favors hip-hop, lyrical, and contemporary but, as a member of Motherland Dance as well, enjoys rou- tines from African culture, too. The psychology major, who belongs to the Board of Multicultural Student Affairs, hopes to be a child psychiatrist.
Dance Company - Lela Biggus ’18 (Oak Park, Ill.) has been a member of Dance Company, the College’s premier dance performance group, since her first year at PC. A dancer since age 3, she also plays ukulele and loves creative writing. She’s a global studies major who spent a semester studying in Argentina.
Dance Team - Being upside down while performing an aerial is nothing new to Kathryn Printer ’18 (Coventry, R.I.), a four-year member of Dance Team. The team, part of PC athletics, revs up the crowd at home men’s and women’s basketball games and tournaments. A psychology major, Printer mentors middle school students at San Miguel School in Providence and is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council.
Irish Dance - Madeline Mulligan ’21 (Flourtown, Pa.), inset, is one of 35 students taking part in Irish Dance. Members are shown here in their black performance outfits and soft shoes. Mulligan plans to study political science, attend law school, and become a district attorney. Irish Dance celebrates her heritage. Three of her grandparents were born in Ireland, and she spent a summer in Donegal with her family.
Motherland Dance - The dance routines and colorful dashikis of Motherland Dance celebrate African culture. From left are Marvin Taveras ’19 (Lynn, Mass.), a public and community service studies major; Steve Lawrence ’21 (Brooklyn, N.Y.), who has not declared a major; and Alvin Johnson ’21 (Pawtucket, R.I.), an accountancy major.
Step Team - Jada-Iman Williams ’18 (Bronx, N.Y.) is a member of Step Team, PC’s newest dance group, which features intensive, rhythmic movement using stomps and claps, and had its origins in communication among slaves. Williams is a biology major who works as a student athletic trainer at PC. She hopes to study orthopedic medicine after graduation.
Providence College dancers
Providence College dancers - Students in PC dance groups: Sitting, from left: Meghan Frazier ’19 (Dance Company), Rodelyn Cherry’19 (Motherland Dance), Ashley Maitland ’19 (Dance Club), Courtney Formica ’19 (Dance Team), Sarah Hyman ’19 (Irish Dance), and Reymond Ntiamoah ’19 (Motherland Dance). Standing, from left: Clare Noone ’19 (Irish Dance), Katherine Martinez ’20 (Ballroom Dance), Cate Scuderi ’18 (Dance Club), Nicholas Ogrinc ’19 (Ballroom Dance), Maria Fonts ’19 (Dance Company), and Marialena Melillo ’18 (Dance Team).