Photo by Jenna Aguilera
Editor’s Note: Lauren Davila is a member of the dance club Movement and Movement President Monika Haskell is a staff photographer for Pepperdine Graphic Media.
The first class for Movement, a newly established dance club at Pepperdine, was held on Monday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. in PLC 100.
Classes will be held each Monday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., with different dance styles taught each hour. Additional classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., focusing on modern dance. There are no fees associated with being a member of Movement.
According to the club’s Facebook page, “the goal of Movement is to unite Pepperdine’s family of passionate dancers. Movement was formed to allow for more on-campus dance opportunities. Throughout the year we will hold dance classes and master classes. There are no auditions involved with Movement. All dancers are welcome!”
The founding members of Movement are freshmen who all discovered their shared love of dance while living in Conner house. President Monika Haskell, along with Co-Vice Presidents Katrina Winnett and Christina Zimmerman, decided to found Movement as an all-inclusive club, open to anyone who is interested in learning to dance “even if they’ve never said the word dance before.”
Movement will be incorporating all dance styles, including ballet, contemporary (a mixture of modern and lyrical), jazz, tap, hip-hop, ballroom and dance conditioning. Currently, the instructors that will be teaching the dance classes all have ties to the Pepperdine community.
The founding team of Movement wanted to make clear that the new club is a supplement for Dance in Flight, not a competitor.
“We are united in our love for dance,” Haskell said. She added that the director of DIF has offered Movement “complete support and help… all the other directors are also super supportive of our effort,” Haskell said.
Winnett added to this sentiment, saying, “Movement is an opportunity for those who may not have time to commit to DIF or other activities.”
Movement seeks to offer a training opportunity for dancers and hopes to continue to expand, Zimmerman added.
“Movement was founded to fulfill the desire to dance we all have in common and encourage and inspire others. We all have this passion to dance that we can contribute to Pepperdine,” Haskell said.
Students interested can email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the Movement roster or get more information on their Facebook page.
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