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Dance Pak announces 2018-19 roster

By Lauren Li

TORONTO - The Ryerson Rams Dance Pak is pleased to announce its roster for the 2018/19 season. This will be the Dance Pak’s fifteenth anniversary season as the Ryerson Rams official dance team, an extremely impressive accolade.

This season’s team is comprised of fifteen dancers: six returning members and nine rookies. The team will be co-captained by Vanessa Hutchinson (4th year, Business Management) and Jenna Stoikos (2nd year, Creative Industries).

Lauren Arena* (1st year, Accounting and Finance)
Daniela Bandiera* (1st year, Business Management)
Kathleen Barbieri (3rd year, Child and Youth Care)
Melanie Chin (2nd year, Business Management)
Savannah DiMuccio (2nd year, Psychology)
Sarah Elisio (3rd year, Business Management)
Gillian Jardim* (1st year, Performance Dance)
Dana Kleiman* (1st year, Professional Communication)
Alaina Lindsay* (1st year, Film Studies)
Maya Navarro* (1st year, Graphic Communications Management)
Samantha Olivier* (1st year, Performance Dance)
Michelle Ou* (3rd year, RTA Media Production)
Emma Searles* (1st year, Child and Youth Care)

* denotes a Dance Pak rookie

Every year, the Dance Pak strives to incorporate new elements into its season to improve the team’s results and overall experience, but this season in particular, marks the start of a major period of growth for the team. Along with continued efforts to increase their student and community engagement, such as through their upcoming annual initiative, Jr. Dance Pak for Jumpstart, the Dance Pak has been afforded many new and exciting opportunities. Just recently, the team had the opportunity to perform at a Toronto Argonauts halftime show for Ryerson’s first-ever homecoming.

Meanwhile, the team has begun preparing its ten routines they will perform at upcoming Rams basketball games this season. The team is increasing their efforts to produce better routines with more creative and innovative choreography.

As well as continuing to perform at games, the team’s practices will intensify in November as they prepare for the upcoming competition season, learning an additional six routines. The team has increased the number of routines they will be performing at competitions.

The Dance Pak will compete in three dance competitions in March against up to 23 other university and collegiate dance teams from across Canada. The team hopes to improve upon its seventh overall place finish from last season.

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