More than 100 students shine at spring ballroom performance ‘Break-Up to Make-Up’

Four student dancers on stage. Simon Chen PO '22 (left) wears a white shirt, black pants a purple tie. Ashley Chen PO '22 (second from left) wears a purple dress. Rachel Hall PO '22 (second from right) wears a black dress. Lucie Wharton-Moeur SC '21 wears a purple dress.
Rachel Hall PO ’22 (second from right) smiles while dancing with Lucie Wharton-Moeur SC ’21 (right) at the Claremont Colleges Ballroom Dance Company’s “Break-Up to Make-Up” concert. (Amy Best • The Student Life)

This weekend, more than 100 students will come together for the Claremont Colleges Ballroom Dance Company’s spring performance “Break-Up to Make-Up.”

The dances relate to the show’s theme, and include Latin and standard dances. The Latin dances include samba, rumba and jive, while the standard ones include waltz, Viennese waltz, foxtrot and tango.  

The show is about 90 minutes and contains 29 numbers.

Dancers on stage, with their arms in raised to form an "L" shape. Nicole Pang SC '20 (left) wears a red dress, while Hans Zhou PO '20 (right) wears a black shirt with red trimming and black pants. Other dancers are in the background.
Nicole Pang SC ’20 and Hans Zhou PO ’20 do the cha-cha to the song “Come On Over Baby” by Christina Aguilera. (Amy Best • The Student Life)

The ballroom company will also present several senior solos at the event — dances where the seniors perform in small groups for their last concert in Claremont.

The numbers vary from slow love songs to pop hits. Songs featured in the show include “Single Ladies” by Beyoncé, “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell, “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran and “Bye Bye Bye” by *NSYNC.

Vanessa Lincoln SC ’21, one of the performers, said all students that can make it should attend the show because “you’ll get to see incredible dancing to some of the greatest songs. Also, fringe, glitter and rhinestones.”

The performance, hosted in Pomona College’s Bridges Auditorium, held its dress rehearsal Thursday night, and will show again Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 12 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased here and cost $5 for students, $10 for faculty and staff, $15 for alumni and $20 for general admission.

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Hank Snowdon

Hank Snowdon CM '21 is an economics major with a data science sequence from Columbus, Ohio. He is currently a managing editor at TSL and previously served as sports editor.

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