As the last leaves fall and the temperatures plummet, Knight Club is turning on the heat and rolling out the glam just in time for the holidays. The group’s upcoming performance is the culmination of a semester’s worth of intense classes and rehearsals, as the dancers ensure that every jeté, pirouette and battement illuminates All That Glitters in the Knight.
The Bulletin sat down with Gabrielle Bruno ’13, co-president of Knight Club, to get the scoop on the performance. The show features more than 100 dancers performing in 12 large groups and nine small groups. It also includes two performances by Puro Ritmo.
“This year’s incoming class was the largest ever, so we have a lot of new faces—they all bring something unique to the club,” says Bruno. “From what I’ve seen, the choreographers really took risks and put themselves out there.”
Highlights of the performance include Keisha Louis’s African dance to Rhianna’s “Where Have You Been?”, Monica McFann’s large group lyrical dance to Darren Hayes’ “Blood Stained Heart,” as well as an encore of Nicole Furbeck’s hip-hop number to Travis Barker’s “Let’s Go,” which was featured at Knight Madness 2012.
The choreographer’s ingenuity isn’t limited to the moves. Properly costuming the largest club on campus on a budget has its challenges. To save for unforgettable spring semester opportunities, like dancing during the Philadelphia Wings halftime show in April, the club agreed to cut the costume budget. And rather than resorting to the typical black leotards and pink tights, members of the club have taken it as an opportunity to get creative. For example, Bruno bought red and gold tulle and personally crafted seven tutus to make her Pointe number, “Nutcracker Medley,” unforgettable.
“The progress and achievements that I see in dancers over time is incredible,” she says. “It’s just an amazing experience to see how each individual grows and of course of the semester and we want to show that off. Students come into Knight Club for a recreational outlet, but over the course of eight weeks they’ve created lifelong bonds and have been transformed into real dancers.”
Arcadia is hosting a Knight Club Alumni Reception in the Blankley Alumni House before the Friday night performance at 5:30 p.m. The $8 admission includes wine, light refreshments and a ticket to the show. Register online or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at email@example.com.
‘All That Glitters in the Knight’
Two performances: Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. in Murphy Hall, Stiteler Auditorium.
Tickets sold at the door. General Admission is $6. Admission for students, children and seniors is $4.