Dance club

Q&A with dance club member Lauren Lemay

Lauren Lemay, a sophomore at Springfield College, will perform her first dance concert this weekend. After competing in dance competitions throughout her childhood, she recently joined the Springfield Dance Club to pursue her passion once again. The Springfield student spoke with Lemay to hear her thoughts on the event, why dance is an important art and what she took away from the experience.

Kemp: How did he prepare for the spring dance concert?

Lemay: I have almost no words to describe what an experience it has been and how rewarding it is going to be this weekend. Everyone was willing to put in the time and effort to put on a great show for each other and for the SC community. It’s a busy time of year… Some members have sports like me, other clubs and school. Some people complete graduate programs. Even with all of these things going on, each member has put in countless hours of their time in rehearsals and behind-the-scenes work.

Kemp: What is the dance community like at Springfield College?

Lemay: The members of the dance club are some of the most incredible and authentic human beings I have ever met. As a new member of the group, I have felt nothing but endless support and encouragement throughout the past few months. Everyone’s passion and love for dance shines through and is contagious. These people and this opportunity to perform again are the reasons why I fell in love with dance again. The family dynamic that I experienced being part of this club is really something special.

Kemp: As a new addition to the dance team, how have you seen dancing as a positive experience for your life?

Lemay: Being part of teams and things bigger than me has always been something that interested me. Coming to Springfield, I originally had no intention of dancing again. After a semester in an introductory dance class, I contacted Sarah Zehnder (dance club counselor) and Angelina Cohen (dance club president) and knew I had to get back into it. My field hockey teammates have also supported me and I feel like one of the luckiest people in the world to be able to do the two things I love.

Kemp: Why is the dance and this show important, and why should people attend?

Lemay: The Spring Concert has all the pieces choreographed by members of the SC Dance Club. These choreographers put so much time and energy into these pieces and it’s such a great experience to see them all performed live. Having seen all the pieces already, it’s so inspiring to see all these amazing people creating something so personal and vulnerable. That’s the amazing thing about dance, it makes you feel a certain way without actually telling you in words. With the help of Sarah Zehnder, Sabrina Hamilton and members of the SC Dance Club, this show will be a memorable experience for all who attend.

The annual Spring Dance Concert will take place Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Fuller Arts Center.

Photo courtesy Lauren Lemay