Jan 25, 2015

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Spring 2015 Audition Results

Breana’s Hip Hop

Melissa Broughton

Alissa Cutrone

Victoria D’Ambrozio

Liza Gourion

Kyoko Harris

Angie Huang

Erin Jones

Taylor McLelland

Brianna Murtagh

Laura Pempkowski

Sarah Sidd

Alyanna Tenorio

Megan Trombi

Kaila Wilson

 

Taylor’s Hip Hop

Melissa Broughton

Victoria D’Ambrozio

Aimee Fong

Breana Goscicki

Liza Gourion

Kyoko Harris

Angie Huang

Erin Jones

Brianna Murtagh

Laura Pempkowski

Sarah Sidd

Megan Trombi

Kaila Wilson

 

Alyanna’s Hip Hop

Melissa Broughton

Alissa Cutrone

Anna Dastgheib-Beheshti

Breana Goscicki

Liza Gourion

Marissa Hill

Angie Huang

Rachelle Maguire

Taylor McLelland

Brianna Murtagh

Kaila Wilson

 

Angie’s Jazz

Anna Dastgheib-Beheshti

Jessica Galvez

Liza Gourion

Hillary Jackson

Erin Jones

Danielle Murad

Alyanna Tenorio

Kaila Wilson

 

Alyssa’s Jazz

Haylee Conradi

Alissa Cutrone

Taylor Evangelista

Katie Laughinghouse

Madison Malatesta

Angela Moore

Emily Round

Megan Trombi

 

Kaila’s Jazz/Contemporary

Ana Aguileta

Lisa Barton

Christina Braun

Breana Goscicki

Hillary Jackson

Taylor McLelland

Lexie Pratt

Stacey Rosenfeld

 

Mikayla’s Contemporary

Ana Aguileta

Aimee Fong

Hillary Jackson

Danielle Murad

Charlotte Pratt

Stacey Rosenfeld

Lillian Schmaltz

Julia Touhey

 

Catherine & Joe’s Irish

Elise Armstrong

Julia Crawford

Maggie Gourville

Alexandra Hastings

Courtney Hastings

Clare Malone

Ryan Murphy

Brianna Murtagh

Laura Olsavsky

Maggie Osbahr

Maggie & Clare’s Irish

Elise Armstrong

Julia Crawford

Maggie Gourville

Joe Harrison

Alex Hastings

Courtney Hastings

Ryan Murphy

Laura Olsavsky

Kate Reticker

Catherine Ternes

 

Melissa’s Tap

Lisa Barton

Camille Cash

Mikayla Formoza

Marissa Hill

Taylor McLelland

Sarah Sidd

Gracie Strickert

Julia Touhey

 

Anna’s Contemporary

Jessica Galvez

Hillary Jackson

Hannah Jeffrey

Amber Lo

Charlotte Pratt

Lexie Pratt

Emma Recane

Lillian Schmaltz

 

Megan’s Jazz

Madeleine Bernstein

Haylee Conradi

Alissa Cutrone

Mikayla Formoza

Breana Goscicki

Marissa Hill

Madison Malatesta

Hannah McDuffie

Taylor McLelland

Emily Round

Julia Touhey

Alyssa Vetrano

 

Rachelle’s Heels

Melissa Broughton

Brianna Close

Taylor Evangelista

Breana Goscicki

Marissa Hill

Angie Huang

Katie Laughinghouse

Taylor McLelland

Michaella Niro

Laura Pempkowski

Emily Round

Alyanna Tenorio

Megan Trombi

Alyssa Vetrano

Allison Weidman

Kaila Wilson

 

Julia’s Contemporary

Haylee Conradi

Taylor Evangelista

Aimee Fong

Mikayla Formoza

Marissa Hill

Hannah McDuffie

Angela Moore

Megan O’Brien

Stacey Rosenfeld

Emily Round

Alyssa Vetrano

 

Angela’s Contemporary

Haylee Conradi

Taylor Evangelista

Marissa Hill

Hannah McDuffie

Danielle Murad

Megan O’Brien

Emily Round

Julia Touhey

Alyssa Vetrano

 

Haylee’s Contemporary

Taylor Evangelista

Aimee Fong

Marissa Hill

Katie Laughinghouse

Madison Malatesta

Angela Moore

Julia Touhey

Megan Trombi

Alyssa Vetrano

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Sep 5, 2014

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NUDANCO Highlight: Breana Goscicki

Get to know NUDANCO’s President, Breana Goscicki!

936242_10201209379380660_717719663_nHow did you first hear about NUDANCO/why did you decide to audition?

Originally when I was looking at schools the key element I wanted in the school was my major. With pharmacy it’s tricky because not every school has it and I figured it’d also be cool to be able to continue dance if given the chance after graduating high school. When doing my research there were many schools with your standard dance team, hip hop crews, and the like, but when I stumbled across NUDANCO’s YouTube page my junior year of high school it only made me fall in love with Northeastern even more. Viewing the different pieces that had been performed over the past few years, I knew that it was something that I wanted to be a part of. The setup of NUDANCO and both the creativity and variety that I saw amongst the dancers made me want to invest my free time at Northeastern in something that I love to do.

What is your favorite event during the year with NUDANCO?

This will be my third year on the Eboard and every semester the event I get most excited for is choreographer auditions. While everyone gets to see a preview of each dance on dancer audition day and then the final product at the show, it’s truly a lovely experience getting to be part of putting that show together. What I love about it is that you get to see the inner workings of all of our beautiful dancers’ minds when they show off their stuff and explain the vision they have for the semester. It’s a rewarding feeling when at the end of every semester you know that you had a hand in picking what always ends up being a beautiful show.

What has been you’re favorite piece that you have been in so far with NUDANCO?

So many to choose from! As far as my first hip hop debut with NUDANCO, in the fall semester of my sophomore year I was chosen to be in Andrea Kohanna & Angela D’Ercole’s ‘Monster’ piece which was so cool to do because it was a theme of hip hop that I didn’t necessarily get to do in high school. I’m also pretty sure I didn’t know I could rock a stank face until that audition and it’s now a quality of mine that has gotten me compliments after performing on the NUDANCO stage. I’m going to have to also pick a second favorite because it was just so much fun and I got to work with a great choreographer, Shannon Brown, and fabulous dancers who made rehearsal every week pretty sweet. This was Shannon’s last piece for NUDANCO, ‘#nutapco’ to LMFAO’s ‘Party Rock Anthem’ and she definitely created a party on stage.

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What has been your favorite piece that you’ve choreographed?

It has to be the ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ piece I choreographed with Hannah Gibson for our Throwback show. Even though this was the largest group of dancers that we had both worked with it came together and our dancers were on point come show day. Additionally, Katherine Dumais provided us with some sick lighting after we had given her only 3 suggestions or things that we needed for the piece. Hannah and I were able to incorporate a ton of our favorite throwback songs and give off a number of vibes and styles with our song selection, so much so that I couldn’t pick a favorite section of the dance. I think that all of our dancers truly enjoyed the dance and had a lot of fun learning it which definitely showed in the final performance.

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How do you find time to balance NUDANCO with the other things you are involved with/what are you involved with (student groups, major, etc.)?  1898813_10203333292237154_2070111627_o

As a lot of people know, I’m kind of the “get everything done myself” involved person that somehow survives each semester. At least I’m surprised when I do. As a pharmacy major it’s been a lot of give and take with my student group involvements and being able to get the work I need to done. Additionally, I am on the Eboard for Colleges Against Cancer and hold the Entertainment Chair position for the Relay for Life Committee. Being Entertainment Chair allows me to combine my love for the performing arts and Relay, to help keep attendees having fun. When NUDANCO performs at Relay as well it’s always a fun show and a good time to show off to some of the students who may not make it to our shows each semester. I currently work per diem at Dana Farber Cancer Institute as well, after doing two of my co-ops there. This position is something that I very much enjoy and I am happy I have found a work environment that I like going to and feel appreciated. I also attend and participate in events for other student groups on campus including NRHH, NUSHP, & ACCP which throw some interesting bits in my life now and again. Organization is definitely a key factor in balancing all of my commitments, and I’ve got the color coded planner to prove it. However, I think it truly is the fact that I have been involved in things that I am passionate about, including NUDANCO of course, and that I have developed a strong support system of friends and family that can get me through the semester week by week, to you guys I am grateful.

Do you have any plans for the upcoming fall as far as choreography/what are you planning? 

So normally I’m the hip hop chick. However, this semester I’m super stoked about being able to do a hip hop/contemporary fusion piece with some music I find enthralling. I’ll be choreographing a dance to the Sound Remedy remix of Daughter’s ‘Medicine’ and I’m excited to be able to work with dancers that I maybe don’t usually have the opportunity to due to the slight contemporary nature of the piece. This will definitely be something different coming from me this semester so everyone should come to the winter showcase this December! I’m also hoping to be able to do some side projects with our dancers this year for more opportunities for everyone to see the talent that NUDANCO has to offer, aside from just at our showcase. This will also increase the opportunity for more of our dancers to get to work together. I’m thinking it’s going to be a great semester!

426176_3209906210653_524365647_n (1)How has NUDANCO impacted your overall Northeastern experience? 

NUDANCO is my love. I’ve met so many great people through NUDANCO and they are usually good for a fun night out or in. If I didn’t do NUDANCO I wouldn’t have my current roommate (shout out to Stephanie Aboulafia) who’s fabulous, as well as the many great friends I have made over the years. NUDANCO has allowed me to interact with many people within the university that might not be in the company itself and being on Eboard has broadened my knowledge of Northeastern policies which tend to come in handy from time to time. NUDANCO has allowed me to project so many of my visions onto all of the talent we have in our company and lay it out on the stage in Blackman Auditorium every semester. Being involved with this wonderful group has shaped a large chunk of my experience at Northeastern and I couldn’t imagine my time here without it. I hope that the company continues to grow and flourish like I know it can this year and following my graduation at the end of this year.

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Aug 9, 2014

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NUDANCO Highlight: Taylor Evangelista

 

1Why did you join NUDANCO and what’s kept you coming back?

I auditioned for NUDANCO completely on a whim and I showed up and immediately knew that this was what I was looking for. It’s been a great step away from a hectic life, and NUDANCO has allowed me to create! I love coming to auditions and spending the entire day throwing ourselves across the floor, I love that in one semester I can collaborate with a brilliant dancer AND make an attempt at choreographing jazz in leather leggings.

You’ve been on the Eboard the past few years, what have you seen and what do you hope for this year?

I’ve had the great opportunity of being NUDANCO’s Events Coordinator for the past two years. We’ve grown as a company – getting offers to perform on and off campus, Zenon Girl of the 21st Century parties (the important stuff), photoshoots – you name it! As I enter my last year with the company, I’m thrilled to act as Bre’s Vice President! This year I’m looking forward to working more closely with choreographers to4 maximize their visions using dancers, lights, music, and movement as resources. I think it’s important for choreographers to believe in what they’re creating.

 

What has been your favorite piece that you’ve choreographed?

My favorite choreographed piece would have to be Hanging On. It was something that really came together the way I envisioned it, and I enjoyed working on it! I was grateful to have an incredible group of dancers to work with as well as some incredible lighting techs. I was inspired by the contrasts in the music and the story that we could tell. Watch Taylor’s piece below:

 

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What are some of your favorite pieces that you have performed in?

Hm – that’s a tough one… I loved every second of being on stage in Hannah & Breana’s Throwback piece “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” (big hip hop debut). But, there have been a couple of contemporary dances that have pushed the limits and felt like a force on stage. “Turn to Stone”, “Young & Beautiful”, and “Youth” were some of my favorites to dance. Watch some of these fabulous dances below!

 

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3What would you want to say to someone who’s thinking abot becoming a part of NUDANCO?

Being a part of NUDANCO has opened a lot of doors. It’s an incredible opportunity that offers a variety of roles – dancer, choreographer, Eboard member. I’m often inspired by all of the dancers around me. They’re brilliant students and dancers. I can dance with people I grew up competing against, and people I never would have met if I wasn’t a part of the company. Being in the studio, in that same space with all the talent and ideas, sparks an energy. We don’t think anything is impossible…at least until we try the same crazy, intricate, potentially dangerous lift 100 times. But most of all, we create. We tell stories by manipulating the perception of sound, space and movement. If you are a dancer, you should check it out. If you’re not a dancer…you might want to start.

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Jul 16, 2014

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NUDANCO Highlight: Megan Trombi

How did you first hear about NUDANCO/why did you decide to audition?

 When I was first getting ready to go to Northeastern for my freshman year, I knew that I had to keep dancing since it was such a big part of my life growing up. However, there were so many options to choose from that I wasn’t sure what I was going to do. Luckily, one of my friends from my studio back home who had been going to Northeastern for a few years (thank you Megan Beaver) Facebook megan 3messaged me a few weeks before school started telling me all the reasons why NUDANCO was the best choice! That sealed the deal for me and made me so excited to go to auditions. Once I got to meet all of the company members and saw all of the great opportunities I could be apart of, I knew that I made the right choice and that NUDANCO would be one of my favorite parts about Northeastern!

 

What are some of the best parts about NUDANCO that you think separates it from the rest?

 I love that the company brings together so many people who all love dance, and have so many different unique things to bring to the table. The styles of dance and all the amazing ideas for pieces that everyone comes up with are so inspiring, and each semester is a new and exciting performance. Being able to take a few hours a week and focus on something other than schoolwork is such a great stress-reliever, and means I always have something to look forward to. And I think the best part is definitely the friendships you make! I’ve met some really great friends through the company who I wouldn’t have without it, so NUDANCO really has a little bit of everything!

 

What has been you’re favorite piece that you have been in so far with NUDANCO?

This is such a hard question! I’ve been so lucky to have been in some really great contemporary and lyric pieces, and even did hip hop for the first time in a few years last semester, but since my favorite style has always been jazz, I’ll have to go with Megan’s piece my very first semester “You’ll Find A Way.” Not only do I absolutely love that song, but I got to be really intense and sassy while doing some really tough and cool choreography. I think the fact that this was one of my first dances with the company will always make it special to me, and rewatching it always makes me feel like dancing! Watch Megan’s piece here:

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What is your favorite event during the year with NUDANCO?

megan 1Again, another tough question because pretty much every event throughout the semester is always a blast!  But since I have to pick, I think I’ll go with dress rehearsal. Not only do I love getting to get all decked out in stage makeup and costumes, but being able to finally dance on the stage in Blackman (and without an actual audience yet!) is a great feeling. I love getting to see all of the finished products of the pieces that I’m not in, and seeing the difference the costumes and lighting makes is always really exciting. Being able to spend a whole night performing and watching dances with your friends and no real pressure is so much fun, and makes me that much more excited for the show day to be here!

 

Do you have any plans to choreograph in the fall?

I can finally say that I’m over my nerves and will be preparing a piece for the fall! This is something that I’ve been wanting to do for a couple of semesters, and now that I think that I’ve found the perfect song and inspiration I’m really excited. I won’t give away too much yet, but this is one of my favorite songs of all time and will definitely be an intense and flirty jazz piece, with lots of intricate choreography and lighting to go with the strong beats of the music and words of the song. Hopefully all will go well at choreographer auditions and I’ll be able to bring it to the stage!

 

This will be your first year on the E-board as treasurer! What are you most excited to do in this position and what do you hope to accomplish?megan 2

NUDANCO has been such an important part of my college experience and I’m so excited to be able to give back to the company! In my position not only do I get to pitch to the financial board to make sure we get the funds for our show, but I get to work with the rest of the amazing ladies on the board to make sure the year runs smoothly and that everyone gets the most out of this experience. I am really excited to see our company grow and get closer. I want to make sure that more people have to chance to join this amazing group of dancers, and are able to take part in all of the fun aspects of the company in and out of the studio. I think this year is going to be the best yet, and I’m really looking forward to working hard to make sure that happens!

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Jul 2, 2014

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NUDANCO Highlight: Taylor McLelland

Get to know our Creative Planner, Taylor McLelland!

How did you first hear about NUDANCO/how did you decide to get involved?

I actually heard about to Nudanco when I was in high school from a friend whose older sibling went there. It was around the time when they were having their annual winter showcase, so myself and a couple of friends actually went to that show. I think that is pretty much what sold me on joining Nudanco by seeing how good they were! I remember just being so amazed by the whole performance and wanting to know more. After I was accepted to Northeastern I got in contact with one the current members at the time and we met for a little on campus. She told me all about the company and what they do with such enthusiasm that I couldn’t wait to go to tryouts later that year.

Coming from a competitive dance studio back when I was in high school, I thought joining Nudanco was the perfect fit! I loved how they held recitals at the end of every semester, just how my old studio used to be.  Although it was lesser of a commitment compared to what I used to do, I knew that this would be a good thing for when I was enrolled in a full semester of classes not really knowing what to expect.

393153_10151229056023355_1771201441_nAfter my first semester freshman year trying out and making it, I just feel in love with the company and the fact that I was still able to continue dancing. I have been a member of the company for almost five years now and coming up to my last year I decided that it was time to get more involved with the company. Becoming a member of the eboard is something I always wanted to do and running for Creative Planner seemed to be the right position for me, being a graphic design major. Getting the chance to create numerous materials for the company, from t-shirt to posters and more, is so great! Design is my passion and being able to do it for a group I have been apart of and grown up with for so long seemed to be the perfect fit.

What is your favorite piece that you’ve been in with NUDANCO?

Lost in the Moments by Andrea Kohanna and Angela D’Ercole

This was the first hip-hop dance I was in and it is still one of my favorite pieces to this day! I remember trying out for this piece and thinking “I don’t know if I am hip hoppy enough for this.” Coming from my old studio we did some hip-hop, but focused more in other genres. And then seeing this totally new hip-hop style I’ve never done before, I just had to try out. I didn’t go in with any expectations, but I sure did give it my all. When the results came out and I saw my name on that list I cannot tell you how excited I was. I was a little nervous being a freshman and not really knowing who anyone was but I was excited to finally be a member of Nudanco and get started.

After learning this dance is when I started to really enjoy doing hip-hop even more. I loved the songs and they really made me get into it and feel the music. Performing this during our winter showcase was so much fun! I finally got to do a piece that was out of my element and I like to think we killed it! I find myself re-watching that video every now and then and just being in awe that I got to be a part of that piece. It’s definitely a dance I will never forget.

Watch Andrea & Angela’s piece here:

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How has your learning at Northeastern/co-ops helped you out with designing things for NUDANCO? Have specific things influenced how you choose to design something?

Coming into Northeastern as a design major you get the opportunity to take a large variety of art and design courses. On top of that, being able to experience first hand what its like in the real world as a designer with co-op. This really gave me the ability to not only grow as a designer but also take in new experiences that Northeastern has offered. Since becoming the Creative Planner for Nudanco, I have been able to put all my combined knowledge from class and co-op towards this.

When it comes to designing something I always look for inspirations around me, whether it’s from current trends, nature, structural elements, or famous designers works.  With this I can brainstorm and start to formulate an idea of what I would like a certain design to look like. I always try to design with an open mind and then see where that leads me. It usually takes a lot of drafts of a design of looking it over, editing, or asking for feedback from others until there is a finalized one, but in the end you want something that appeals to who ever may be viewing it. And creating something to do just that takes a lot of time and effort.  But with that I always strive to represent Nudanco in the best way possible to further promote our company.Taylor McLelland

Creative Planner is a new position the eboard this year, while you have been doing the program/poster/tee shirt designs for the past year is there anything else you’d like to add during the year to promote NUDANCO?

Aside from the current design materials, I have had a few other ideas to further promote Nudanco. First off, I would love to redesign the Nudanco website to simply just give it a new and fresh look. Not that I don’t already love the previous site design, I just think it would be nice to switch it up. I’m thinking something simple, yet easily understandable and also to navigate through by the viewer. I like to think of it as just a face-lift! All the information will be the same, but the exterior will be slightly different.

That’s the big project I would like to take on, but other ideas I have are to constantly create informational flyers for an upcoming events, photo and video highlights to post on our social media sites, new Nudanco t-shirts to sell during shows as promotional materials, and photo shoots for not only Nudanco members but possibly one for younger dancers interested in continuing dance throughout college. I am very eager to start on these new projects for this coming fall semester and really get Nudanco’s name out there.  There are many new things to take on but I’m definitely ready for the challenge as the new Creative Planner.

What is your favorite event during the NUDANCO season?

My favorite event during the season would have to be the Fajitas and Rita’s fundraiser. Not only do you get to bond with current members but also you get to enjoy delicious food on top of that. It’s a chance to hang out with other members in the company outside of the dance studio and get to know those who many not be in the same dances as you.  Our company is made up of around 40-50 people so getting to know everyone may be a little tough sometimes, but this give you the chance for just that. You start to get to know people better and form that strong Nudanco bond that the company has. And who knows you might even find someone who wants to collaborate on another dance with you or just even get to know you better. It truly is just a good time and you enjoy it with great people.

What are your plans for choreographing this fall?

Big news…at least for me. I plan on choreographing a hip-hop dance in the fall! This is my first dance that I would like to choreograph for Nudanco and I am pretty excited about it! I won’t give anything away just yet, but I’ve incorporated a lot of current and also remixes of songs that many of you probably already know. It will be strong, sassy, upbeat and a lot of fun. So fingers crossed that choreographer auditions go well!

As a senior who will be graduating this upcoming year, what do you hope to contribute throughout the year to leave for future NUDANCO members?

1922238_10152125317788355_877173863_nI know it’s going to be an amazing last year here with Nudanco and out of everything the one thing I hope to leave behind is simply continuing the love for dance. Nudanco has not only given me so many opportunities but also made my college career that much better. You get to do something you love and also meet so many amazing individuals along the way. The friendships I have formed will last forever and I am so grateful of that. From my first year in Nudanco til now, I have not only grown as a person but as a dancer as well. Dance is a huge part of my life and I really don’t know what I would do without it. It’s almost like a happy place for me, when I’m having a bad day or just need escape from the real world. Through dance I am able to let it all out and express myself in a way I love.

Dance is something not only myself but everyone in the company puts their heart and soul into and it really shows. The amount of hard work each and every member puts into their dances is amazing and you can see it all in our showcases. Just a pure love and joy for dance. To somewhat I want to leave behind may sound a little cheesy, but I believe that this love for dance is one of the many things that make Nudanco what it is today!

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