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Expect to Be Impressed by DOBC's SHINE

Looking for something to do this weekend that differs from the usual Friday night Chipotle and movie routine? The Dance Organization of Boston College (DOBC) will be performing its annual big show in Robsham Theater on Feb. 2, 3, and 4 at 7:00 p.m.

DOBC will present SHINE—the title for this year's performance—featuring 21 original student pieces. The dances exhibit a wide variety of genres, including pointe, hip-hop, and contemporary dance. The show will also feature performances from other popular BC dance groups including Synergy and the winner of last year’s ALC Showdown, BC Irish Dance Club.

DOBC performs pieces composed of many different styles, including jazz, tap, lyrical, and ballet. According to its website, DOBC's objective is “to provide an open environment by which to promote the art of dance amongst the Boston College community.” Students of different skill levels are welcome to audition and can take advantage of weekly classes to gain experience.

Founded in 1995, DOBC started off as a small group of girls who loved to dance and creatively express themselves. In its initial stages, the club put on performances in Gasson 100 until they finally made it to the Robsham stage in 2001. The organization has had quite the journey since then, performing at events such as Arts Fest and Dancing with bOp!

Dancers spend most of the year preparing student-choreographed dances for their big annual spring show (SHINE) and the ALC Showdown. The company consists of about 35-40 students who not only dance and choreograph performances, but also teach master classes.

Each week DOBC offers free studio classes open to anyone in the BC community. Classes are held every Monday at 6 p.m. in the Brighton campus dance studio and do not require any prior dance background.

The DOBC community works hard to perfect its dance pieces, and SHINE will be a performance that students won’t want to miss. Emily Zona, MCAS ’19, who is a member of the DOBC board, describes DOBC as a family “bound together by our love of dance.” Zona began dancing at the age of three and has been a part of DOBC since freshman her year.

“Performing on stage is such an exciting and meaningful experience for all members, as it is the culmination of hours of late-night rehearsals and collaboration,” she said.

Tickets for SHINE are on sale on the Robsham website and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Relay for Life.

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