Strikingly clad in their respective dancing attires, One Shade, the ultimate dance troupe of the College of Fine Arts and Design, proved to their raving fans how exceptionally superb dancing can turn out to be especially when done with passion during the event entitled “The One Shade Dance Concert” to culminate the CFAD Day on the 17th of November at the Beato Angelico Façade.
On a historic note, One Shade was a product of two prior dance troupes which coexisted in the college and traces its origin back in the year 2005. One Shade, as we all came to know, stands for “One in Serving Him and Dancing Excellently” as was explained by one of its alumni during the opening remarks.
Truly, the said dance concert was more than just aimed to render entertainment but served a more substantial purpose. Accordingly, it was directed as a way of giving thanks and glorifying Him amid the ordeals encountered by the group in keeping themselves as a unified whole.
One Shade, as a group of dancers endowed with exemplary talents and bound by one purpose, remains to have an unwavering passion at the dance floor as can be seen in the power-packed performances they showcased. It is apparent how its members invested a lot of effort unto perfecting the moves and polishing the routines. Moreover, these students deserve the crowd’s admiration as it is not easy juggling their academic whatnots with such strenuous trainings and rehearsals.
A countdown at the onset of such performances is what fueled the hyped-up crowd to scream some more as each of the members were being flashed in the projector screen. To the dismay of the crowd, One Shade is supposedly to perform four dance genres but was limited to merely two namely contemporary and street dance respectively for the reason of time constraint. One group interpreted the contemporary dance and was subsequently followed by three more groups who performed street dances in turn. Though the remaining performances were put to a halt, it was nevertheless a very meaningful dance concert as the dancers coupled each power move with the appropriate emotions. Clearly, the beauty of dance is not on the length but more importantly, on the message it aims to bring us.
The One Shade dance concert can genuinely be labeled a success in that it served as an instrument in uniting the CFAD community in the form of dance and in giving their colleagues more than enough reason to be proud of the talents honed in the college.
-Marie Cleophine E. Velasco