On Saturday, October 29th, crowds of BC students excitedly waited outside of Lyons Hall for the annual Rookie Showcase, hosted by Sexual Chocolate, Boston College’s all-male step dance team. The showcase was hosted inside The Rat, which was transformed from a dining hall to the scene of a dance club, complete with a giant stage, colorful lights, and speakers blasting music. The energy inside was buzzing with electricity; some students came in Halloween costumes holding signs for their friends performing, while proud, older members of the dance teams had front-row seats to the stage. The audience was wrapped around all four sides of the elevated stage, making the experience immersive for performers and viewers alike.
The show itself consisted of sixteen teams, showcasing their newest rookie members and their moves. The leaders of Sexual Chocolate started off the night and hyped up the crowd. They even proclaimed it was the biggest crowd yet for a Rookie Showcase, which elicited loud screaming and cheering from the audience. They first performed a few small skits: members were dressed in Ghostbuster and Rick and Morty costumes, pretending to go trick or treating and bumping into different dance groups. Another Sexual Chocolate member, dressed as Kanye West, appeared and then was subsequently hazed by other members and the audience, referencing his recent scandals, giving the showcase a topical edge. Throughout the showcase, the audience followed Sexual Chocolate and their journey encountering the different dance troupes in short skits in between performances.
The first dance performance was BC on Tap’s electric combination to Harry Styles’ new song “Music for a Sushi Restaurant.” The Golden Eagles Dance Team, which accompanies the Screaming Eagles Marching Band, followed by performing to a mashup of Lady Gaga’s biggest hits, which left the crowd singing and dancing along.
BC’s Christian Dance Team, “C”apital Dance Ministry, performed a slow, airy dance to Christian pop music. It was their first time ever performing at the Rookie Showcase. Other crowd favorites seemed to be Females Incorporating Sisterhood Through Step and BC Dance Ensemble which all had audience members cheering for more. The community of the teams present was apparent as older members held up signs and screamed congratulations to their members from the front row. Fuego del Corazón then wowed the crowd with fiery partner dances to an array of different Latin music styles. Each pair did combinations of synchronized lifts, twirls, and dips; every time the audience reacted with gasps.
The final section featured many talented and animated performances including Phaymus Dance Group performing to a medley of Tik-Tok famous songs (and the crowd singing along!), from artists like Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion. A traditional Irish step dancing routine from BC Irish Dance was performed to the song “I'm Shipping Up to Boston” by Dropkick Murphys, a BC favorite during football and other sports games. The stage was then transformed from green to blue lights as AEROdynamiK Dance Crew took the stage to perform against the soundtrack of different K-Pop songs, striking strong poses as the music beat stopped.
Other cultures were shown as the Masti Dance Group took the stage in a Bollywood-inspired dance with a current pop music flair. Finally, Presenting Africa to You, or PATU, closed the lineup of other dance groups in an absolutely exhilarating performance by their talented rookies, complete with colorful costumes and impressive choreography.
The Sexual Chocolate rookies, introduced by their older mentors, finished off the showcase by performing their newest step routines, including a performance to 50 Cent’s “Candy Shop” which ended with their rookies throwing confetti into the crowd. The diverse array of dancing styles and cultures showed all that BC dancers have to offer and left everyone in the room waiting for the next dance showcase later this year.