UT's BOSS Dance Company will host its fourth annual Spring Showcase at Clarence Brown Theatre this weekend.
BOSS Dance Company was founded on UT's campus in the fall of 2010 and provides both students and non-students with the time and opportunity to grow and develop their dancing, according to the organization's website.
Chelsea Milligan, senior in theatre and communication studies, is the current vice president of the Dance Society at UT. She has been dancing for BOSS for four years and has served as a student choreographer for three.
The BOSS Dance Company began after UT discontinued the dance minor in 2009. Students sought an opportunity to provide an outlet for other students with a passion for dance. The Dance Society, a student-run organization, was then formed with the objective of keeping dance education alive at UT.
"The BOSS Dance Company features numerous styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary and hip-hop," Milligan said. "Our show this year is high energy, thought provoking and an all-in-all unique experience ... (the show) is exemplary to what true determination and passion can do on this campus."
Caitlin Shu, senior in English, has been a member of BOSS for four years.
"I was encouraged to audition for BOSS during my freshman year at the VolAware Fair," Shu said. "The Dance Society and BOSS gave me the opportunity to perform and network with dancers in Knoxville, and it's been a huge part of my life ever since."
Shu is excited for this year's showcase because BOSS has more members than it has in past years and they have upped the level of entertainment for the audience members.
"There truly is something entertaining for every single person in the audience – whether you are a ballet fan or a hip-hop fan," Shu said.
For Olivia Monroe, freshman in interior design, BOSS has not only aided her love of dance, but it has also introduced her to some of her closest friends.
"Several times we've gone out to fun places like the corn maze, and we had a Christmas party a while back," Monroe said. "I've made memories that will last a lifetime. There is so much love in every rehearsal."
Monroe has been a member since the fall and currently plans to stay committed to the organization until she graduates."The showcase has something for everyone," Monroe said. "Some routines will have you on the edge of your seat, and others will make you laugh. Everyone has been working so hard all semester and it shows when they perform.
"I am so excited to share with the student body and our families what we have dedicated our time and energy to."
BOSS Dance Company's 4th Annual Spring Showcase will be held at Clarence Brown Theatre for three days, starting Thursday, Jan. 16. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for general admission and can be purchased at the University Center Central Ticket Office, online at knoxvilletickets.com, or at the Clarence Brown Theatre Box Office.