Refresh Dance Crew’s spring show kicks off after a 3-year hiatus

Refresh Dance Crew held their sixth annual spring show this weekend at the Technological Institute Ryan Family Auditorium.

“Refresh: The Universe” was the group’s first in-person spring show since 2019. The space-themed performance included dances from the ReFusionShaka performance of Fall Quarter, Celebrasia of Winter Quarter, and new dances choreographed this quarter. .

Education chairman and McCormick sophomore Christopher Woodard said his favorite memory of the weekend was the sold-out Saturday show at 10 p.m. due to the energy of the crowd.

“Our performances improve with the energy we get from the audience, so having that really strong audience has really helped push us,” Woodard said.

Two guest groups, K-Dance and TONIK Tap, performed directly after intermission. Refresh usually uses guest artists for its shows to promote different styles of dance and music.

Kristina Bell, a member of TONIK and Weinberg’s sophomore, said she enjoyed performing in front of a larger, more energetic crowd.

“For our shows, people are usually a bit quiet, but Refresh 10 p.m. was crazy. Everyone was going crazy when they heard the opening songs, and everyone was really excited to see us (improvise),” Bell said.

Woodard said the spring show was emotional for many on the team, as it was many seniors’ last performance with the group. Several former students came to the final performance to show their support.

Incoming President Nguyen Tran said one of his favorite aspects of Refresh is the support environment. He said the crew is beginner-friendly and has room to grow.

“It might be a cliché, but I really think it’s like family,” Tran said. “It’s the one place on campus where I feel like everyone supports each other and pushes each other to another level every time.”

Refresh has over 80 members. Unlike traditional dance teams, members audition for specific pieces each quarter. This means that dancers might not participate in the show every quarter.

Tran said this style of auditioning prevents complacency and allows her to become a better dancer.

“Because we don’t have a safety net, we have to constantly push ourselves,” Tran said. “I don’t think it’s a competition against each other for a place in a play. It really pushes me to improve and try different dance styles that I wouldn’t usually do.

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