Dance club

New opportunity from the Loma dance club, all students are welcome! –

Dance played a big role in the life of Sophie Kairalla. Kairalla is a second-year marketing and graphic design student at Point Loma Nazarene University and danced competitively for 12 years, until she graduated from high school. As of fall 2020, Kairalla has been seeking a dance outlet on the PLNU campus. Due to students being sent home earlier in 2020 and COVID-19 and the regulations surrounding it, the former Loma Dance Club, “Breakerz” has decided to no longer hold regular meetings.

“Since I’ve been trying to work and find or create a space to have the outlet again,” Kairalla said.

After a year and a half of waiting, Kairalla and second-year biology student Chiara Curnow decided to take it on and the two students took on the responsibility of running the new Loma Dance Club. This updated club will hold meetings once a week, Thursday nights at 7 p.m. for all dancers, with or without experience. Meetings will be held in Kinesiology Room 2. Each club session will teach students in attendance a new combination to see what dance class is like.

“Chiara and I are really looking forward to providing any opportunities dancers might be looking for,” Kairalla said. “I hope students and dancers can have a space to express themselves and find as much joy through dance as I do.”

Although Breakerz no longer meet, their budget and the original club remained part of the ASB. The budget for Breakerz went to the Loma Dance Club, said Kaitlyn Harris, ASB’s director of student relations.

“When the students were sent home in 2020, it was really difficult to continue the dance club [Breakerz] because not many people went to the virtual zoom dance classes we had,” said Jasmyne Kon, a third-year nursing student and former Breakerz member.

According to Kon, the original members either graduated early or had busy school and work schedules, which made it difficult to continue the club and the team.

“That being said, former students before COVID-19 really enjoyed coming to the dance club, especially freshmen and sophomores,” Kon said.

The old dance club was also a dance team, where members practiced weekly routines in the kinesiology building, which were then performed at PLNU basketball at halftime, Kon said.

“We would also like to develop a team if there are interested dancers and remain open to the options of going to San Diego and taking classes from outside choreographers or attending shows here. [in San Diego]said Kairalla.

Although the new Loma Dance Club has yet to schedule performances, they hope to run the club a bit more and see the kind of involvement and participation in their first couple meetings, Kairalla said.

“I want students to know that they are welcome and encouraged to come and try even if they have never danced before,” Kairalla said. “We want it to be a club where students feel like they have a say in what we do or where we go based on what everyone is looking for. Hopefully this can be the start of something that will be truly valuable to dancers looking for that Point Loma outlet.

Written by: Becky Rookard