What happens when you put together about 30 amazing dancers who also choreograph their own dances? You get Boston College’s Dance Ensemble. According to BCDE’s own website, “All the proceeds that BCDE generates from performances benefit the Boston College Campus School, a non-profit special education day school for students ages 3-21 with multiple disabilities.”
In order to kick off Week of Dance, we have begun to explore the stories of the students that form Boston College’s various dance groups, starting with BCDE’s Director Emily Durkin.
Emily is currently a senior at Boston College pursuing a major in Economics and Philosophy. Not only is Durkin the current director of BCDE, but she was also formerly the Vice Chair of the Student Organization Funding Committee at BC.
We had a chance to sit down to ask her a few questions about her dance experience:
What inspires you to dance? How has it impacted your life?
Dance Ensemble at BC has given me my best friends and most special memories. I auditioned for the team at the last minute my freshman year, and I am so glad I did. We feel so lucky that we get to spend time in our beautiful rehearsal space sharing our passion with one another through our choreography each semester. I am consistently blown away by the creativity of my peers.
What is your favorite dance memory at BC?
I love the entire week leading up to our Week of Dance show in Robsham. It’s hard work – we are at the theater for upwards of 6 hours a day for the entire week – but it is also rewarding as we finally get to perform for an audience at the end of the week.
What makes Dance Ensemble “Dance Ensemble”?
Everyone on DE truly is the luckiest. We get to learn about ourselves and each other throughout our four years together. DE’s emphasis on technique with weekly ballet classes makes it truly unique.
What are you looking forward to at Boston College with dance?
Our show is always the highlight of the year, it is the culmination of hundreds (maybe even thousands) of hours of hard work, but the opportunity to share our dance with the BC community on the Robsham Theater Arts Center stage is truly special and one that we do not take for granted.
Check out the BCDE Facebook Page! BCDE will be teaching a FREE workshop on Tuesday November 29th at 7:30pm in Brighton Dance Studio! And be sure to pick up tickets through the Robsham Theater Arts Center for Week of Dance performance tickets!