The EDC show this weekend made audiences want to start dancing


Emerson Dance Company’s “Revival” show. Photo: Campbell Parish

By Campbell Parish, Magazine Editor & Operations Managing Editor

Emerson Dance Company left audience members impressed yet again last weekend. 

EDC held a showcase titled “Revival” on April 9 and 10 in the Semel Theater. The Semel’s round stage allows everyone in the audience to see performances—this weekend, performances included 14 student-choreographed dances, ranging from contemporary numbers, tap dancing, and hip-hop numbers.

EDC President Lauren Bjella and Vice President Caroline Elliot greeted the audience at the beginning of the show, sharing how the theme of Revival is all about transformation. 

Each contemporary number showed incredible emotion, and hip-hop dances captured the attention of the audience. The Semel was filled with loud cheers as audience members voiced their approval of what was happening onstage. 

One of my personal favorite dances was the “Cell Block Tango” from the Broadway musical “Chicago” which was choreographed by Sam Guida. This dance was incredible and sexy and the energy of the dancers was unmatched. 

In addition to the high-energy moments in the “Cell Block Tango,” James Brooks choreographed a dance to “Industry Baby” by Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow. Overall, all of the hard work these Emerson students put in was obvious. All of the numbers were well thought out and executed. 

If you didn’t have the chance to see EDC perform, make sure to come to see them next semester, you won’t regret it.

Emerson Dance Company’s “Revival” show. Photo: Campbell Parish