Every year, my friend Hamna has always asked me be part of Ghungroo, a very large and popular annual South Asian dance production at Harvard, as one of the dancers. For someone whose dance moves are pretty sub-par, at best looking like this:
… and, I just shuddered thinking about the endless possibilities of what could go wrong – what if I forgot the choreo? What if I smack someone in the face by accident? What if I accidentally trip and fall?
But now that it’s senior year of college and my years as a student is wrapping up, I felt a special obligation to go out and do things that I might not have done otherwise. I mean, YOLO right? (Or do we not say that anymore? Maybe I’m not too in with the teens these days) As Ghungroo came up this year, I learned that the show has a segment just for seniors where many of the dancers have little to no dance experience as long as they bring a lot of energy to the stage and really work hard to put on a good show. And energy is definitely something I can bring. So, I signed up for the senior dance and eventually got placed into the Hip Hop/Classic Fusion Senior Dance segment. Luckily for me, everyone in my dance were incredibly nice and fun to be around, so I actually felt very comfortable learning and dancing in front of and with all my fellow seniors who were in my dance.
The choreography was a little bit more difficult than I had anticipated, but our choreographers broke it down for us and put in so much work to make sure that everyone was able to do the choreography. Even someone like me could do the choreo (relatively) well and have a good time dancing! Long story short, it was one of my favorite experiences at Harvard – not only because I had so much fun dancing and doing something I would otherwise never have done, but also because it was amazing to watch a 3-hour show come together so nicely within a little over a month for three days of sold-out shows. I miss Ghungroo a lot, and I wish I had done it every year. As my senior spring is beginning to wrap up, I kind of regret not making use of the many opportunities I had and now that I know, better late than never right?
Next up: Expressions Senior Dance – we’ll see how that goes…
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Hi! My name is Leo and I’m a senior living Mather House studying government with a secondary in statistics. Originally from Katy, TX (right next to Houston, TX), my time at Harvard has also... View full profile