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Dance Troupe's "Definitions" an impressive display


MIT Dance Troupe.

November 3-4, 8 p.m.

Kresge Little Theater.

By Craig Mahfood

The dance concert "Definitions," performed by the MIT Dance Troupe on Nov. 3 and 4, was an impressive display of talented dancers and choreographers, colorful costumes, and good humor.

The concert was a medley of theme-dances, performed to songs ranging from modern-day hits by artists such as Seal to well-known Broadway oldies. The programs for the concert were designed to look like dictionaries, with the definitions corresponding to the choreographers' interpretations of their particular dances.

One of the most attractive features of this concert was the diversity in styles displayed in the various pieces. The individual dances ranged from the colorful and exciting, to the heated and sexy, to the totally whimsical. This variety was reflected in three of the most popular dances with the audience. The first of these was "Close," a very original martial-arts dance choreographed by Jimmy J. Lin '97, which combined power and grace into a unique piece that caught the audience's attention early on. "Kiss," a funk dance choreographed by Kaitlyn C. Liao '97, Janice C. Chen '97, and Mala Murthy '97, combined attitude, sexiness, and a sense of fun to create an exciting piece which had the audience whistling and cheering at full volume. The finale, "All That Jazz," a Broadway-styled dance choreographed by Vicharin "Pebbles" Vadakan '97, combined colorful costumes, humor, and charm to create a piece which was fun to watch and filled the audience with laughter, ending the concert on an upbeat note.

This concert was definitely a crowd pleaser, and audience members who had attended Dance Troupe concerts in the past commented that the group manages to top themselves with each performance. This enthusiasm was attested to by the increased number of spectators who attended this concert compared with previous ones. As a result of this popularity, Dance Troupe will expand their next concert, which will be in the spring, to include three nights of performances instead of two.