Synergy puts choreography to emotional stories

Synergy Dance Company proved that hard work does pay off at the 14th annual Spring Spectacular, held in Kendall Hall on Saturday, April 12.

The show opened with an immensely energetic performance to Fergie’s “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody.” The full-cast dance certainly caught the audience’s attention.

Afterward, the performers Kristina Kondakji, McKenzie Montana, Danielle DiPasquale and Erin O’Connor moved almost perfectly in sync to A Great Big World’s hit, “Say Something.”

Illuminating lighting work and precise choreography of popular radio hits help convey deep and inspirational messages to the audience. (Michael Cort / Staff Photographer0
Illuminating lighting work and precise choreography of popular radio hits help convey deep and inspirational messages to the audience. (Michael Cort / Staff Photographer)

Kondakji, a sophomore, poetically choreographed the emotional dance about lack of communication with someone you love.

“I lost a very good friend this past year because of a lack of understanding and communication,” Kondakji said. “So I wanted to express that in the best way I know how to: by dancing and getting caught up in the movement. I love how you can tell a story without saying one word on stage.”

At the end of their performance, all but Kondakji shed the men’s dress shirts they had worn.

“(The shirts) symbolized the relationship and how it is fragile and can wrinkle so easily, like a shirt,” Kondakji explained. “I had the girls shed them away at the end, signifying giving up. I, however, kept my shirt on, still clinging to the minuscule hope I had left.”

Kondakji also choreographed the “World Town” dance. The girls were dressed in leopard print and moved to the tribal beat of the song.

After, audience members were treated to a guest performance by The Trentones, who sang renditions of “You Remind Me” by Usher and “The Morning Comes” by Delta Rae.

Choreographer Lauren Rodgers and Alexa Abraham wore matching blue leotards and skirts as they danced to Birdy’s song “Skinny Love,” played by pianist and senior accounting major Mike Halperin.

Later on in the performance, Hannah Beal, Toni D’Amato,  Alex Dispensiere, Mackenzie Hickey, Emilee Kim, Lauren Langbein, Danielle Lukas, Cecilia Muscarella, Danielle Nagle, O’Connor, Rebecca Shaber and Alyssa Scull danced to Jason Derulo’s new popular hit, “Talk Dirty.”

Synergy wows audience with dance routines. (Michael Cort / Staff Photographer)
Synergy wows audience with dance routines. (Michael Cort / Staff Photographer)

“I actually didn’t know about this song until a friend told me about it, but once I heard it I knew it was exactly what I wanted,” choreographer Hickey said. “This was back when it wasn’t on the radio every day.”

The dancers utilized strobe lights in their performance and wore sweatpants and brightly colored tank tops.

“I knew I wanted bright colors to reflect the intensity of the song and the dance, so that’s how the red/orange/yellow color scheme came about,” Hickey said.

The epic finale was the senior dance, choreographed by the senior class — Abraham, Carmella Holl, Langbein, Muscarella, Rodgers, Michelle Sanders, Alex Skula and Briana Williams.

Synergy succeeded in illustrating the power of music and dance as a tool for conveying stories and emotions in their truly “spectacular” performance.

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