This past Thursday, April 3, Millersville University’s Expressions presented a talent show benefiting the Make-A-Wish foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to granting the wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions.
Expressions is a student run dance organization on campus that performs a variety of styles including tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, lyrical and contemporary. By hosting a benefit talent show, Expressions was able to dance, sing and share music for a cause. In the minutes prior to the start of the show, members of the organization shared their enthusiasm for their performing and their involvement with the Make-A-Wish foundation.
“This is an idea we have always had, so it is exciting to support such a great organization,” said senior Sammie Scheller, president of Expressions.
“We have always wanted our organization to do something charitable,” said junior Lindsay Olson, vice-president of Expressions. “After searching for our local chapter on the Make-A-Wish website, we were given a Make-A-Wish sign, magnets and balloons to make our event successful.”
Alyssa Miller, a contemporary, jazz and hip-hop dancer who has been in expressions for two years, was looking forward to a night of dancing and rapping to the incredibly fast-paced Chris Brown song featuring Lil’ Wayne, “Look at Me Now.”
“I am nervous but also excited for myself and my fellow dancers to express our talent for Millersville University,” she said.
The show began at 7:30 p.m. and lasted about forty five minutes. There were a total of ten routines, including larger groups that performed beginner ballet, advanced hip-hop, contemporary, advanced tap and a finale of all Expressions Company dancing to the Glee version of Michael Jackson’s “Man In The Mirror.”
Smaller group performances included two hip-hop duo performances, two different solo rap performances with back up dancers, a band of two guitar players, a drummer, and a vocalist and two individuals who performed a parody dance to Pitbull’s “Timber.”
The band of musicians that performed included vocalist Winona Koeshartono, her brother Kevin Koeshartono and her boyfriend Danny Wilson, both on guitar, along with friend Cameron Arabi who played a hand drum. This group of performers does not call themselves a band, but rather a couple of friends that got together to perform. An avid dancer since she was three, Winona Koeshartono shared her thoughts on singing after the show. “It was very exciting and also really nice to show off another aspect of myself rather than just dancing,” she said.
Half of the proceeds for the event benefited Make-A-Wish, and the remaining half will support Expressions last spring performance of the year.
Expressions has previously performed at MU’s Got Talent, MU pep-rallies and the benefit show “Be the Change,” to support children with autism. Their spring recital will be on Saturday, April 26th at 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 27 at 1 p.m. at the Manheim Township High School. This kind of benefit concert is sure to not be the last from Expressions.
“Our members really enjoyed doing this as a fundraiser so we plan to do it again as a way to raise money for a charitable organization but also because our organization enjoyed it too!” said Scheller.