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Dancers to thrill audiences with Halloween performance

The South Campus Velocity Dance Company prepares for its upcoming Halloween performance at noon and 6 p.m. in the free speech area outside the South Campus library.  Photo by Julissa Treviño/The Collegian
The South Campus Velocity Dance Company prepares for its upcoming Halloween performance at noon and 6 p.m. in the free speech area outside the South Campus library. Photo by Julissa Treviño/The Collegian

By Julissa Treviño/reporter

The South Campus Velocity Dance Company prepares for its upcoming Halloween performance at noon and 6 p.m. in the free speech area outside the South Campus library.  Photo by Julissa Treviño/The Collegian
The South Campus Velocity Dance Company prepares for its upcoming Halloween performance at noon and 6 p.m. in the free speech area outside the South Campus library. Photo by Julissa Treviño/The Collegian

Zombies will invade South Campus this Halloween when the Velocity Dance Company performs a double feature of the well-known dance Thriller routine.

The routine will be performed Halloween at noon and 6 p.m. outside the library, giving both day and night students the opportunity to view the performance. In case of rain, they will move to the Student Center.

After receiving much attention when it was first performed last Halloween, Thriller has been one of the most requested performances, Gypsy Crane, associate professor of dance and Velocity director and sponsor, said.

Because of the popularity of the dance and increasing interest in the performance, Crane decided to make Thriller an annual event.

The idea for the dance was conceived when Crane noticed that Michael Jackson’s Thriller appears more frequently as Halloween approaches.

She decided to have Velocity learn the dance routine and present it to South Campus as a Halloween treat. In preparation, the dancers have been practicing 10 hours a week and have become like a family, Crane said.

“ They bring positive attitudes with them,” she said. “They are really a fantastic group of dancers.”

The team began as a student activities organization to give students a way to express themselves.

Over the past three years, after Crane took over as director, the team has developed into the official dance company of South Campus.

In addition to dance performances on campus, the dance team has been representing South Campus and the TCC district through various community outreach programs around Fort Worth and the metroplex.

“ [The dancers] share their love of dance with South Campus and the community at large,” Crane said.

For this event, Crane wants students and the campus faculty and staff to participate by stopping and watching the performance but, most importantly, to have fun and enjoy themselves.

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