Lauren Ryan is a sophomore here at IUPUI, and can usually be found doing typical college student things, like attending sporting events, going to the movies with her friends, and cramming for tests. However, every Wednesday and Thursday evening, Lauren puts aside two and a half hours to celebrate her true passion.
As a member, and officer of IUPUI’s Moving Company, Lauren is responsible for recruiting new members, keeping the group running smoothly, and of course, dancing to her best ability.
Listen to our interview with Lauren Ryan above to learn more about IUPUI's Moving Company.
The Moving Company, founded in 1983 by Margot Faught, is one of the oldest student organizations at IUPUI. Since then it has expanded and welcomed all kinds of students.
“We have a wide range of abilities and backgrounds, however we also share one common interest: a passion for dancing.” Ryan said.
The Moving Company puts on three shows annually from December to April, and all are funded by donations or the members themselves. “You get out of it what you put into it. The harder you work, the more fun you’ll have. We get to learn pieces and perform multiple times a year.” Ryan said.
These girls are putting a lot more into it than they ever expected to get out, but it’s the finished product that comes from the hard work that makes it all worthwhile. So, what sets the Moving Company apart from other dance organizations on campus? A simple answer: freedom.
Not limited to any specific style of dance or level of ability, the Moving Company shows true diversity in the dance community and is definitely able to work with what they’ve got. Drawing crowds at events like Jagathon and their Student Choreography Show, the Moving Company has definitely proven to be unique.
Most of their pieces are modern pieces. They have a show in the spring where students choreograph any type of piece they want. They’ve done ballet, hip-hop, tap, lyrical, even a traditional Chinese piece and much more.
Although the Moving Company is mainly just for dancers to express their love for the art of dancing, they also have fun in a group of easy going people. In addition, the Moving Company offers enough class credits to minor in dance at IUPUI.
Becky Harris, the Moving Company’s secretary, was very exuberant when explaining what dancing meant to her. “Personally, dancing is my creative outlet,” she said. “It is my stress reliever and my refuge when everything else in life isn't the greatest. Even if rehearsal doesn't go well, I'm used to dance being a process so it doesn't bother me like the struggles in other areas do. Getting rid of negative energy through dance is therapeutic and brings so much happiness to my life.”
The Moving Company’s first performance of the year will be the Winter Showcase on December 19, 2015 in the IUPUI Campus Center Theater at 2 and 7 p.m.