By Haley Andersen
Performing Dance Portmanteau (PDP) is hosting their fifth annual Spring Showcase on May 1 at 2 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium.
“PDP is a dance club that is proud to offer dance to a variety of levels,” said Vivian Dutton, PDP president. “Some of our dancers have danced for their whole lives, while others started dancing this semester and we are always excited to welcome anyone interested in learning the art of dance.” The showcase offers 14 numbers with various styles of dance including lyrical, hip hop, ballet, jazz, Irish, tap and modern. Dancers meet regularly on weeknights in the Rec Center and Risley Hall where they will rehearse up until the show.
“All interested Kutztown University students are eligible to participate in the showcase regardless of their dance experience as long as they are in good academic standing with the university,” said Alyssa Blasko, PDP Vice president. “PDP prides itself on being a club based on diverse dance backgrounds and we encourage anyone who is interested in dance to join PDP.”
Dutton said, “Interested students should attend our tables at the involvement fair at the beginning of each semester, and can find more information on KUNITED by searching “Performing Dance Portmanteau” where all questions can be directed to: PDPdance@kutztown.edu.”
Many club members refer to PDP as a second family and have a deep appreciation for their involvement with the community. “PDP always donates a percentage of money made at each of our shows to a deserving family or charity,” said Dutton. “In the past we have donated money to family members of pediatric cancer patients as well as to a family that lost their home in a fire. This year’s recipient has not yet been selected, but we hope to direct our donations to a good cause.”
Amanda Tini, jazz choreographer, said, “I am grateful for all of the memories that are made together while at dance class, show rehearsals and our performances.” Choreographers like Amanda strive to portray powerful messages behind each dance. “My piece is a jazz number to the song ‘What a Feeling’. This piece is significant to me because dancing gives me the feeling that anything is possible and this piece is my way of sharing my happiness with others.” Like many other PDP members, Amanda feels the happiest while she is dancing and finds dance as a way to release her emotions through movements.