Few events at HWS are as talked about and widely attended as Koshare. Stories are always at hand: dancers in pastel costumes with balloons attached acting out Nintendo music; strobe lights blaring across dancers moving to alternative rock in torn clothes; hip-hop carried off in style and bright orange jumpsuits; and ballet performed in tutus at playfully high speeds. This is just a slice of the eclectic, artistic and student-generated program of Koshare.
Koshare 2008 will be no exception. There are more than 100 people participating and 24 dances this year. “We have a huge range of dancing styles including but not limited to contemporary, tap, tango, hip-hop and modern,” explained Koshare Co-President Marissa Willsey ’09.
With all that packed into one performance, Willsey predicts Koshare’s usual standing-room-only crowds. “We expect more than 1,000 people throughout the weekend,” she said.
After the Friday night show, a reception will be held featuring various foods donated by local businesses. Raffle tickets will also be sold throughout the three shows for local business gift certificates. This year, organizers also are teaming up with Hugs Across America who will sell flowers and possibly bears before and during intermission at all three shows.
So when can you catch a glimpse of this must-see dance performance? Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21, as well as 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22 in Winn-Seeley Gym-Theatre.
“Admission is free, so it is suggested that people get there early since it gets pretty packed!” Willsey said.
Koshare is a student-run organization. This year its board is comprised of Co-presidents Salome Donenfeld ’09 and Willsey, Vice President Caitlyn Schrader ’10, Secretary Rebecca Borsuk ’11, Treasurer Bethany Fagan ’10, Community Outreach Coordinator Meghan Crump ’10 and Merchandise Officer Phylicia Robinson ’09. Koshare is supported by Faculty Advisor and Assistant Professor of Dance Missy Pfohl-Smith as well as Technical Director and Lighting Designer Mark Wenderlich.