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The new group wants to bring their passion for dancing to UMKC and create an inclusive space for students, no matter where they are.
Sydney Siemens
UMKCDC regularly updates their practice schedule and have multiple sessions a month.

The UMKC Dance Club wants to create a space for judgment-free dancing, one move at a time.   

  The new organization, also known as UMKCDC, began in January and was created by students with limited professional experience, but a shared love for dancing. 

  President Daphne Sonnier did not grow up on a rigorous dance team, but found her appreciation for movement in smaller pockets of her life. 

  “My highest level with consistent dancing is Just Dance 2015 so nearly a decade ago,” Sonnier said. “I wanted to start this club because I love watching dancers, and I wanted to try and replicate what they do.” 

  Sonnier, a senior majoring in psychology, highlighted the key aspect that makes UMKCDC different from other dance clubs, no previous experience is required. 

  “We’re starting from the bottom up so beginners are welcome, since I am one too,” Sonnier said. “If everyone is learning something for the first time there isn’t a need to be embarrassed because we’re all new.” 

  Rebecca Hayes, the vice president and a junior studio arts major, shared what made her want to help with the construction of the group. 

  “I’ve always had a passion for music and dance. It is a language in which there was no right or wrong that was universal,” Hayes said. “I wanted to have fun and move just like the dancers I saw.”

  The club will have their first performance on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Theater.

  “Even if I have our choreography memorized, it’ll be a little nerve-wracking just because there’s no telling how the audience will react,” Hayes said. “I’m excited for all of us to perform choreography that we all worked hard on together and present the UMKCDC group to UMKC officially.” 

  To learn about the club, go to their Roo Groups, and to keep up with planned performances, follow their Instagram

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