The annual Koshare dance performance will light up the stage this weekend at the Smith Opera House. Performances will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and will showcase a variety of dance styles, including Afro-Caribbean traditions, Irish step-dance, hip-hop, ballet and many more.Founded in 1971, Koshare is a beloved tradition at the Colleges that gives all students the opportunity to choreograph and perform on a large stage. Dancers range from students who are studying the discipline to beginner dancers.
“A ton of work goes into planning Koshare,” says Co-President Elizabeth Anderson ’19. “We facilitate everything from poster designs, merchandise designs, gathering raffle donations, purchasing costumes, assisting choreographers, setting up the stage, planning auditions and executing the midterm showing and general performances. We’re not kidding when we say student run!”
“I’ve done Koshare since my first year and absolutely love the experience,” says Koshare Board Member Kate Peglow ’20. “It’s a great way to be involved with the campus life of the Colleges.” Peglow will participate in three dances during the performance weekend.
The executive board of the Koshare Dance Collective also includes Co-President Marie Innarelli ’19, Vice President Megan Blanchfield ’19, Secretary Sofie Kaufman ’20, Treasurer Erika Ireland ’19, Choreography Consultant Hallie Varenka ’20, Co-Publicity Officers Samantha Rosenberg ’20 and Makenna Hambley ’21, Co-Community Outreach and Fundraising Coordinators Alex Cottrell ’20 and Camryn Mulpagano ’20 and Costume Consultant Emma Ibbotson ’21.
Tickets are free for students and are available at thesmith.org. General admission is $10. A shuttle will run from campus to The Smith on Friday and Saturday night from Medbery parking lot.