College students often face the harsh reality of dropping out of the sport they were once into and not having the opportunity to compete at the college level.
Bronco Dance Club is an on-campus student-run organization that provides students with the opportunity to dance while in college, without being part of Boise State’s Mane Line dance team.
“Like many of the girls in our club, I grew up in a very competitive environment with my studio and high school,” said Christy Amstutz, Senior Manager of Integrated Media and Strategic Communications and Chief Financial Officer. “I knew I didn’t want that pressure in college and wanted to dance for myself for the first time in my life, so I found this dance club.”
A concept emphasized by the club is the importance of inclusion. The Bronco Dance Club is open to dancers with years of experience or students who just want to try a new hobby.
Meetings are held every other Friday and begin with stretches that lead to a technical warm up through the floors and spend the rest of the time learning and performing that week’s combination.
The club invites everyone to join its meetings where they usually train in jazz, contemporary, musical, lyrical and hip hop theatre. There are about twenty active members who regularly attend club meetings.
“I want to emphasize inclusivity because anyone who wants to be there can be there,” said Jenna Sunnergren, Chief Marketing Officer and President. It doesn’t matter if you’ve danced your whole life or never danced before, this is a space for anyone who wants to join a community and have fun.
As a student-run club, there are officers in every position to help successfully run the organization. Leadership positions include president, vice president, social media coordinator, finance manager, and show coordinator.
During the fall semester, officers are responsible for leading these meetings. In the spring semester, the ghost officers begin hosting club meetings to gain experience teaching classes each week.
“The club has given me the opportunity to meet many different students who share the same love for dance as I do,” said Liberty Schaeffer, sophomore psychology student, vice president and social media coordinator. “We were all able to bond around our love for dance, which is really special.”
The club offers several performance opportunities throughout the year, with a focus on preparing for the Boise State Homecoming Parade during football season and the annual Spring Showcase in april.