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Campus Pick: Self-made group will give biggest performance so far

Dance Troupe

Definitions.

Produced by Vicharin Vadakan.

Coordinated by Katie J . Adams.

Little Kresge.

Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.


By Craig Chang
Arts Editor

At about the same time the Institute canceled the dance program in the spring of 1994, Vicharin (Pebbles) Vadakan '97 and Marnie F. Biando '96 decided to rally student dancers to revive a temporarily defunct Dance Troupe. Now over 100 members strong, the independent group they founded fosters dance in the MIT community with classes for both beginning and experienced dancers.

Twice a year their collective talent and interest in the art of movement and form culminate in the Dance Concert. Performances this Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. in Little Kresge will prove that Dance Troupe, as founder Vadakan describes, is "the greatest link between dance and MIT."

Drawing from the diverse reaches of funk, ballet, modern, and jazz, the program will be as much about diversity as about student ingenuity. "Definitions" is the name of this weekend's feature that Vadakan and show coordinator Katie J. Adams '98 have put together. It involves 61 students - most are undergraduates, but even some graduate students have dedicated themselves to making the semiannual event become a reality.

Over the past year, their concert has grown as quickly as their foundation of classes, which first centered only around teaching jazz and ballet. Today, as the program touts having almost three times as many performers as did the first dance concert during the spring of 1994, classes have comparably expanded to satisfy current demand for monthly choreography workshops and specific techniques in modern dance and Isadora Duncan.

Though Dance Troupe encourages students of all levels to take classes, experience highlights the performers and choreographers of "Definitions." There really is no limit for Dance Troupe, which revived itself from a lull of its predecessor and improved it with a semiannual performance.