A new move for Dance Ensemble

Dance Ensemble

A new twist is coming to the Bloomsburg University Dance Ensemble this year. In addition to entertaining the university throughout the fall and spring, including its semester showcases and homecoming, the ensemble will be giving back. For the first time BUDE will be hosting a dance marathon to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital.

A new twist is coming to the Bloomsburg University Dance Ensemble this year. In addition to entertaining the university throughout the fall and spring, including its semester showcases and homecoming, the ensemble will be giving back.

For the first time BUDE will be hosting a dance marathon to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital. Modeled after Penn State’s Thon, the BUDE Dance Marathon will be held Nov. 4, from noon to 6 p.m. in Nelson Field House.

For $10, BU students, faculty, alumni and the public can enjoy live bands, free food, games, prizes and more. Particpants will get to hear the stories of children at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital who benefit from the Children’s Miracle Network and see the impact giving back has on these children and their families.

“Dance Ensemble sees the importance of helping others and we invite everyone to join this movement with us,” says Taylor Burnham, president of BUDE.

A great way students can contribute to BU Dance Marathon is by joining BUDE. All student dancers are invited to audition for the ensemble on Sunday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to noon in the back studio of the Student Recreation Center. The student-run organization includes all styles and levels of difficulty.

Auditions require dancers to learn a short combination in jazz and hip-hop; two dance styles BUDE frequently performs at campus events. Dancers are only required to audition once for each class or style of dance. Once dancers have made the ensemble, they can look forward the lifelong friendships and benefits BUDE has to offer.

BUDE is looking for students who are passionate about dance and enhancing their leadership skills. After this year, most of BUDE’s executive board will graduate, opening up several opportunities for new dancers to take on a leadership position in the ensemble.

“Personally, joining dance ensemble has been one of the best decisions I’ve made for my college career, and life after BU,” Burnham says. “Ensemble is a way to express myself creatively while forming lifelong friendships.”