by Maeve Corcoran ’24 (she/her)
I started dancing on the age of three like many different little ladies I knew. Except for the sparkly costumes and fluffy tutus, I genuinely adored the sensation of letting my physique transfer freely and taking over house. As I aged, dance rapidly turned my ardour, and I practiced a wide range of types — ballet/pointe, jazz, and lyrical — in a number of studios. I used to be lucky sufficient to have dance as a part of the curriculum at my faculty, permitting me to take courses with my friends and be a part of after faculty golf equipment. I used to be in a youth ballet program on the Baltimore College for the Arts from the time I used to be 5 till I used to be 11, after which I moved to the studio I remained at till highschool commencement. I knew that I needed to foster my love of dance right here at Davidson, particularly as a freshman coming into a totally new section of life. Dance has at all times supplied me with stability throughout uncertainty, and a pandemic was no exception. Regardless that the ensemble could be wildly totally different than it had ever been, I felt assured in the truth that a gaggle of people who all shared the identical need to maneuver, discover, create, and have enjoyable could be the right place for me.
The audition course of for the Gamut ensemble was slightly unconventional as a consequence of COVID-19. Auditions had been utterly digital and included submitting a video of a latest piece we’d danced in, together with movies of ourselves responding to an improvisational rating (for instance, 16 counts touring on the ground or interpret the next: You look horrible, why?). As soon as we had all been admitted to Gamut, auditions had been additionally held for particular person choreographer’s items; the method was equally digital and included particular choreography or prompts to file primarily based on each bit. We needed to file wherever we had house — a few of us confined to a tiny part of our dorm room whereas others rented out the Baker dance studios one after the other.
In a typical yr, Gamut has a way more intense schedule of approach courses and rehearsals; nevertheless, this expertise was merely not potential within the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Alison Bory and the leaders of Gamut labored laborious to supply us with entry to attention-grabbing grasp courses with an array of fantastic artists, whether or not on Zoom or socially distanced exterior. I took a jazz class on Zoom in my Richardson Corridor hall and laughed as my hallmates got here out of their rooms to look at. I strengthened my warrior pose exterior beneath the setting solar with a Davidson alumna yoga teacher. That class, with every of our yoga mats six-feet aside on the Chambers garden, was the primary time I had really been in-person with the opposite members of Gamut and was in a position to transfer along with them exterior of the digital realm.
It was particularly vital for me to affix Gamut as a freshman at Davidson with COVID restrictions as a result of it gave me a constant neighborhood when most issues on campus had been nonetheless up within the air. I’ve one thing to stay up for each week and through that two hours of dancing, even on Zoom, life feels barely regular once more. Having the ability to let go of schoolwork and COVID nervousness for only a second brings me the enjoyment and aid that have a tendency to slide away so simply throughout this unprecedented time. It takes me proper again to that childhood sensation of letting my physique transfer freely and taking over limitless house — the pure bliss of dance. I’m past grateful for my Gamut ensemble and the truth that I’ve discovered yet one more wonderful group on this campus that appears like residence.
Maeve Corcoran is an meant Psychology main from Baltimore, Maryland and could be reached for remark at firstname.lastname@example.org.