By Ivanna Carlos |Staff Writer|
They didn’t just put on one spectacular show but four.
From Feb. 19-21, UDC preformed 24 dances each night with Saturday having two shows, a matinee at 2:30 p.m., and its regular showing at 7:30 p.m., which included a little bit of everything from jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, tap, Latin, and gospel.
UDC members are not just current CSUSB students but also graduates, professional dancers, grandmothers, mothers, sisters, and cousins.
UDC’s season starts in September with open auditions for those in any type of dance level.
The process continues with people auditioning for different dance pieces, come December before winter break there is a day that each dance piece has to audition for a spot in the show and every company member gets to vote.
The week of the concert, regular rehearsal is on Sunday from 6-9 p.m., technical rehearsal Monday and Tuesday, and a full dress rehearsal Wednesday the day before the show.
UDC has been around for over 25 years now and keeps coming back stronger each year.
The dance concert, was located in the recital hall, was sold out each night. The show was a delight from beginning to end!
“Well I can say the most fun part about it is that you grow close to this huge group of people because you spend so much time together,” said UDC member Claudia Vizcarra.
“Especially toward the end of the season, we rehearse together, go costume shopping together, food shopping, we do each others make-up, we share the same feelings, but most of all we share the same passion to dance and being able to share all those things with a group of people makes it fun and all worth it in the end,” continued Vizcarra.
My favorite dance was hands down the finale, “Cant Hold Us” which featured every dance member, it was up beat and made me want to get out of my seat and jump on that stage to join them.
If you want to expand your mind on the possibilities of dancing, I recommend attending UDC’s concert.