So TU, Think You Can Dance?

What an amazing weekend!

This weekend, I got to see one of the best performances that I’ve ever seen at TU! On Friday and Saturday night, TU hosted a dance competition called “So TU, Think You Can Dance?” The production was based on the famous TV show “So You Think You Can Dance?” which made it all the more fun. The original auditions for the competition were in October, and dozens of people tried out from all areas of the school–all different majors, interests, styles of dance, etc. The directors and choreographers of the show cut it down to about 30 if you include understudies, and then selected the top ten from those 30 to dance solos at the performance.

The performances featured 21 dances including the soloists, and the styles ranged from contemporary to tap, ballet, jazz, and hip hop. There were some pieces choreographed by faculty, some by students, and even one that was choreographed by a professional dance company in New York City who sent a dancer down to TU to teach it to our dancers! The new Lorton Performing Arts Center was sold out, and there were even 100 people that had tickets that had to be turned away because the number of people present was above fire code. It was incredible! The energy of the audience was insane, and you could feel it emanating from the dancers as well. They were so incredible to watch–no one had any idea that we had so much talent right here on our own campus!

My pledge sisters and I--two of whom danced in the show--after the performance!

I had five sorority sisters that were in the performance–three of which were in the top ten–so it was especially fun for me to watch them completely in their element. All of them have danced their entire lives, but they have never had an opportunity such as this one to showcase their dancing to their friends, much less the entire campus. I felt so blessed to be able to share that moment with them as a member of the audience, and I was astounded again and again as each dancer performed. There were numbers that made me cry and numbers that made me smile. I was such a mess of emotions by the end of the night that I couldn’t even keep it together! Seeing my sisters jump off of the stage at the end of the show and run into the huge group of girls from my sorority that had come to watch was one of the most amazing moments I’ve had at TU so far. All of the dancers did an absolutely incredible job, and I am so glad that I was able to see such an amazing production before I graduated. On top of the amazing dances, the show brought in professionals and professors alike to serve as judges. The principal dancer of the Tulsa Ballet was even a judge! The judges selected the top 5 dancers, and then the audience got to text in votes for the winner. There was a different winner each night, so it kept the entire campus on its toes. It was such an amazing weekend, and I hope that they make this production a yearly event so that I can come see it again when I’m in law school next year!

It is amazing to me that even as a senior with four years at TU under my belt, I can make these amazing memories each and every day. No matter how monotonous life gets, TU always keeps it interesting, and for that I am truly thankful. I was just thinking today how much Tulsa has become my home, and how by the time I’ve graduated law school I’ll have lived here for almost a third of my life. It has truly become a part of me, and I’m not sure that I’ll be ready to leave when the time comes. I love this city, I love this campus, and I am so grateful for the blessings that I have experienced as a result of being here. I’ll definitely be a Golden Hurricane for life. Go TU!