Students are used to enjoying the sun while relaxing out on the Quad. This afternoon, however, they will also have the opportunity to watch an array of outdoor dance performances. Today during Common Hour, several campus dance groups and the modern dance classes come together to perform "Museum Pieces" on the steps of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Museum Pieces" has been an annual event for the past 20 years, and sponsored by Common Hour for the past five. Theater and dance department coordinator Joan Sand said that for both viewers and participants, "Museum Pieces" has become "an end of the year ritual for a lot of people."

Along with dances choreographed and performed by the modern dance classes 111, 211 and 311, the following campus dance groups will performing: Pure Life, Polar Bear Swing Club, Taiko, Obvious, the Middle Eastern Dance Ensemble and Pivotal will be performing.

Tajuana Fulton '12, a co-leader of the student group Obvious, explained that "Museum Pieces" provides a forum for all student groups to perform.

"Since there are so many student dance groups, not everyone had the opportunity to be in the Spring Dance Show. Museum Pieces is an opportunity for all the student groups to show off what they've been working on...this is a venue where everyone is invited to perform," Fulton said.

Many participants explained that having the opportunity to dance outside was a meaningful way to end the year.

"Dancing outside will be a wonderful last performance of the year," said Devlin Cole '11, leader of the Middle Eastern Dance Ensemble.

"This show is meant to be fun," Fulton said. "Dancing outside on the museum steps, what could be better? We are enjoying spring and the end of the year and celebrating all that we've accomplished as a group, and we're sharing that by jumping around on the museum steps."

"Museum Pieces" will be held today from noon - 1 p.m. on the steps of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

-Compiled by Rachel Goldman.