May. 19, 2017
Indian Dance deserves practice space, too
If Drexel University truly supports diversity, then why is it that they only offer specific dance troupes their own practice space?
Dec. 2, 2016
‘An American in Paris’ comes to Kimmel Center
The Kimmel Center opened its Broadway Philadelphia season this November, and there could not have been a better way to do it than with director and choreographer Christopher Wimbledon’s Tony Award-winning musical “An American in Paris.”
Feb. 4, 2016
Crystal Ball 2016: Ancient Adventure
Campus Activities Board’s annual Crystal Ball welcomed more than 300 attendees Jan. 30. In accordance with the dance’s location at the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the theme was Ancient Adventure.
Oct. 29, 2015
Triangle Talks with Leah Friedman
Triangle Talks: Tell me about your custom-designed major.
Apr. 18, 2014
International gala celebrates culture
The eighth annual International Gala took place in the Recreation Center April 11, featuring the theme “Dragons Around the World.” Two hundred fifty Drexel students attended the sold-out event put on by the International Students Union. The Filipino Intercultural Society of Drexel, Indonesian Students Association, Fuana — a Bollywood dance troop — and a Russian ballerina performed dance numbers throughout the night. The various forms of entertainment allowed attending students to learn about a wide range of cultures, customs and traditions. Photo Credit: Danish Dhamani A graduate electric engineering student, Rohini Joshi, said the gala initially captured her attention because of its unique premise and promise of entertainment. “There are actually performances and dances, and it is actually themed,” Joshi said. “I thought the performances were interesting,” Vince Dunne, a sophomore graphic design major, said, adding that his personal favorite was the Bollywood routine. The fun continued later as a dance instructor taught the student crowd the basics of swing dancing. The gala was originally created in an attempt to bring international students together and encourage awareness of ethnic diversity at Drexel. Elizabeth Cahill, co-chair of the International Gala and international business major, explained how the event came to be. “It was started and funded by the international admissions office, and it’s always been put on by a committee of students,” she said. The international admissions office has always had the ISU plan the gala for them. However, due to budget cuts, different companies have sponsored the gala for the past few years. “We’re hoping to keep the tradition alive,” Danielle Kot, the second co-chair of the event and operations and supply chain management major, said. The ISU hopes to keep admission for the gala free so that students from various countries can gather together for a night of collaborative fun. “The point is to build friendships between domestic and international students of all backgrounds,” Cahill said. The gala was catered by Cherry Hill, bringing guests an all-kosher international menu of Asian-oriented food. Center pieces portraying pictures of Drexel students studying abroad adorned the cloth tables along with summaries about different dragon myths from various countries. Dunne suggested the event could take the international cuisine to a further level. “The food is good, but this is an international event, so I think they should incorporate food from other areas of the world,” he said. The ISU will be holding other events around campus over the course of the remaining quarter. Amin Zeiaee, a graduate mechanical engineering student, said he recently found himself frequenting the association’s events. “These events are very versatile,” Zeiaee said. “This is the third international event I’m attending. They’re all very different from each other.” “We hold educational events and then we hold social events, but they’re all themed upon international cultures,” Cahill elaborated. “We come up with maybe five to six events every quarter,” Kot said, referring to Valentine’s Day discussions about wedding ceremonies around the world, dialogues about different cultures’ superstitions and an international karaoke night. The ISU is currently working to put together a “global race” with multiple international stations around campus — it would be the University’s own miniature version of “The Amazing Race” — May 17.
Jun. 7, 2013
Year in dance finishes at Mandell
Drexel students had the last chance of the season June 1 and 2 to experience the unique flavor of the two companies of the Drexel Dance Program when both FreshDance and the Drexel Dance Ensemble performed at the Mandell Theater.
Aug. 3, 2012
‘Illy Philly’ flash mob earns prize
Two Drexel University students danced their way to a free screening of “Step Up: Revolution” July 25 after participating in the winning video in the Hometown Flash Mob contest sponsored by the film.
Jun. 8, 2012
Drexel Dance Ensemble moves to the beat with ‘Piece of Mind’
The Drexel Dance Ensemble held its spring concert, titled “Piece of Mind,” the weekend of May 31 through June 2. The performance showcased the work of eight student-choreographers, a Drexel faculty member and a professional guest artist. I was lucky enough to snag an interview with one of these student-choreographers, Drexel junior and Miss Philadelphia pageant winner Lauren Bilski.
Apr. 27, 2012
Philadanco dazzles audiences
The aesthetics seemingly took precedence over the choreography in “Tribute,” in which the men were wrapped in bright green V-necks while the women drew energy from vibrant blue bikinis over vivacious pink. The combination of these colors with the movement’s quick partner-and-ensemble work often gave the impression of a Technicolor TV blurring in and out of focus. The piece, an abstract ballet from 2000, paid tribute to Philadelphia International Records (Gamble and Huff) with selections like the O’Jays’ “For The Love of Money” and “Livin’ for the Weekend” and Teddy Pendergrass’ “And If I Had.” These cool, jazzy tunes gave way to a highly sensual piece that lacked character chemistry but impressed by displaying the dancers’ sheer flexibility and agility, which was so highly stylized that I was shocked to hear it was considered a ballet.