Melissa Welsh, senior Captain of the Cavalier Dance Company at Cabrini College, enjoyed a terrific night of watching her and Lauren Hight’s own dance team display all of the skills and hard work that they have been cultivating all year. If it wasn’t for these eight young ladies and their drive to dance, Melissa doesn’t think that she would have fallen in love with dance all over again.
Melissa was injured due to dance multiple times in the past few years and was ready to give up on dance entirely. But when she decided to co-found the Cavalier Dance Company, along with Lauren Hight, she re-found her passion.
“I’m very grateful to have this experience because I was given the opportunity to bring dance back into the lives of those who lost it and that’s the best gift I could have ever asked for”, Welsh said. Melissa will be graduating in just a few weeks as an English major with a concentration in writing. She specializes in hip-hop, jazz, tap and Broadway.
Samantha Jacobs, sophomore digital communication and social media major with a minor in Spanish, enjoys how the dance company keeps her so connected to Cabrini’s campus. “I love being part of the dance company because its an opportunity for me to get to know people and keep me involved as a commuter. I’ve always loved dancing”.
Jess Austin, sophomore education major, enjoys dancing so much because she feels that she was given the opportunity to continue dance after high school, since it has become such an important part of her life. She was happy to be a part of the dance company’s annual recital this year. “Overall, I think the dance recital was very successful. We had a lot of students come out from the campus”.
The recital included 12 dance routines to songs ranging from “Show Me How You Burlesque” by Christina Aguilera and “Beautiful World” by Bon Jovi. The recital showcased all different types of dancing, including hip-hop and ballet. “Throughout the year, we have been practicing a lot on various dances and we just have fun overall. It was so much fun to be involved”.