Obvious dance group
All right, let's face it: we all wish we could dance. Inevitably
while channel surfing and landing for that split second on MTV, we all
imagine ourselves up there with J.Lo, shaking it with the best of them.
Sadly, many of us are rhythmically-challenged and can only admire the
talents of our more gifted friends from afar.
Fortunately, for the would-be-dancers among us, a new dance
group has emerged on Bowdoin's campus this fall. The dance group Obvious,
formed by Kristen Dummer '04 and Emily Bruce '04, combines the freshness
of modern hip-hop dance with its equally groove-worthy beats. As if hip-hop
dance wasn't difficult enough to learn and addictive to watch, Obvious
will also incorporate the technically difficult yet visually stunning
element of break-dancing.
While talking with Dummer about the group, it became clear
that Obvious was not just another dance group with a quirky name. Both
former members of Vague, the co-founders came up with the idea for the
group late last year as a way of focusing predominantly on hip-hop dance
and music. Because of the enormous turnout the Activities Fair generated
(they had 73 people sign up), Dummer and Bruce decided to split the group
into three smaller sections, each of which will perform its own dance.
"We wanted to take a different approach to dance, focusing
more on hip-hop and street music," Dummer said of the group's formation.
"I like how the group brings a new cultural perspective
to Bowdoin's dance community," Bruce said. "We knew that there
was a great interest in hip-hop on campus, but it hadn't been realized
One of the things Bruce brings to the group is her break
dancing ability, learned from a Washington, D.C. street jam class. "We
want to incorporate all of the components of hip-hop into our dances.
With the help of Ben [Needham '05, the other break dancing instructor],
I hope to teach the basics of the skill, so that our performances reflect
hip-hop the way it's meant to be."
Currently in the process of obtaining a charter from Student
Government, Dummer said she is excited about the prospects of the group
not only as a performance ensemble, but also as an athletic enterprise.
The leaders emphasize warming up together before rehearsal, and Dummer
sees the group as both a performance-oriented dance troupe and as a sport.
The group plans to perform not only at Bowdoin but in the
community as well, with trips to area high schools in the future along
with a possible appearance at a benefit for the victims of the New York
and D.C. attacks. With so many possibilities and such an appealing genre,
Obvious is poised to make a big impact on dance at Bowdoin.