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MIT DANCE TROUPE PRESENTS: FIRE

MIT Dance Troupe’s sexually suggestive Fire titillated audiences with explicit lyrics and scantily clad performers. By the way, there was dancing too.

The performance showed the artistic talent that MIT students are capable of from creating lighting designs guaranteed to induce epileptic seizure to staging complex dance formations.

Dance Troupe members superbly choreographed and executed each dance, which covered a wide spectrum of styles, including hip hop, modern, and tap. Among the noteworthy dances of the evening was Nostalgia, choreographed by Amanda Gruhl G, with music by Squirrel Nut Zippers. The number presented a fun, retro look at dance, with performers sporting vintage costumes -- complete with Fedoras and gladrags (or fancy threads). Instead of jiving the number up with cliched moves leftover from the fizzling Swing Revival, these cats tap danced, reminding the entertained audience that tap is, sadly, a style missing from most dance variety shows.

Alex Raine G choreographed the peaceful Paths to the Way which featured the theme from “The Last Emperor” by David Byrne. The dance showcased smooth Tai Chi maneuvers, a refreshing break from the high kicks and hair swinging of scantily-clad fly-girls.

Overall Fire’s numbers presented so many suggestive moves, bare midriffs, and sexual innuendos that the program included a parental warning, cautioning concerned audience members about explicit song lyrics and choreography that “may be inappropriate for children.” Sultry songs used in the performances include “Watch Out Now” by the Beatnuts, “Who’s Fuckin’ Tonight” by Fat Man Scoop, and “Where My Girls At” by 702.