Fairleigh Dance Project: Dancing to highlight social issues

Olivia Kyriakides



The Fairleigh Dance Project is an organization made up of a group of students on campus who are dancing to make a difference. The club meets twice a week to creatively express their feelings on relevant social issues through dance.

Kaitlyn Esposito, who formed the club last spring when she was a freshman, explained how it came to be.

“I didn’t want to make it like the previous dance clubs that were purely entertainment. I decided to do it about social issues.”

Contemporary, hip hop and jazz are the main dance forms used to convey the group’s messages.

Esposito, now a sophomore, said, “Once you connect dance to topics you’re passionate about, the dance becomes that much more powerful.”

The club has grown a lot this semester, she said.

“This year we’ve had an overwhelming response of people wanting to join. We have 60 people on our list and a good 35 to 40 of them showing up to rehearsal and performing.”

Already having performed a piece on homelessness for the Pay It Forward Dance-A-Thon, a future performance is set for the Homecoming halftime show.

At the end of the semester, a performance will allow members to each choreograph their own pieces about a social issue that is meaningful to them.

The club meets every Monday and Thursday from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

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