Four dance groups performing step, swing, two-step and hip hop will follow a pair of lovebirds through the story of their relationship during this year’s Sing Song production.
The dance groups, made up of 31 dancers who auditioned for their roles, each tell a different part of the story with their songs, said Sing Song downstage co-chair Amanda Clary.
“They fall in love, fall out of love, and fall back into love,” said Clary, senior management major from Denton, true to the theme of this year’s Sing Song, “What About Love?”
The core dance group, entertaining with a hip-hop style, is dancing to the host and hostesses rendition of “Shout,” originally performed by The Isley Brothers.
“This is the song where our couple just got married and they’re jumping with joy and excitement,” Clary said.
The swing dancers perform to Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell,” which Clary said is like the reception after the wedding.
Allie Greco, junior nursing major from Allen and a leader of the swing dance group, said their dance is upbeat with two lead couples and a trio dancing behind.
“The scene is set up following a love sequence where a couple just got married so it’s set in a New Orleans-type scene, and we’re waving them goodbye,” she said.
The best part, she said, is that the dancers will be dressed as elderly people.
“We’re cute little old folks wishing them love,” Greco said.
Clary said the show even follows the two lovebirds into their first breakup. This is when the steppers perform “Just Give Me A Reason” by Pink.
“They’ve broken up and they’re falling apart in love,” she said.
Diamond Cobb, junior management major from Los Angeles and leader of the steppers dance group, said the song is set up as girlfriend versus boyfriend.
“She wants him to know how she feels, and he doesn’t get it,” Cobb said.
Soon, Clary said, the couple is back together and the two-steppers commemorate this by dancing to “I Run to You” by Lady Antebellum.
Sara Bishop, sophomore animal science major from Longmont, Colo., and one of the leaders of the two-stepping group, said the five couples will be doing more freestyle moves.
“The goal for this year is we’re trying something that’s a little more synchronized, but also allows for us to have our own stunts,” she said.
Clary said her biggest hope is to make the audience feel a variety of emotions as they watch the couple travel through the different stages of love.
“People are in different stages of their love life and we’re hoping to hit home every audience member where they are,” she said. “We’re hoping to give the audience a show that pulls on their hearts.”