Although several of Fairfield’s athletic teams fell short this season, Fairfield’s Dance Fusion, a competitive dance club on campus, was able to take home the gold several times.
Composed of 18 female members, FDF is a student-run club that was started back in 2013 by a group of students. The group practices once a week for two hours at an off-campus studio, focusing mainly on jazz and contemporary dances, according to senior co-captain Micaela Moffa.
Fairfield offers many different outlets for those interested in dance including the Fairfield Dance team, Fairfield University’s dance ensemble and then FDF. Fairfield’s dance team performs at every home basketball game, which helps them distinguish themselves from the other two clubs; however, FUDE and FDF are often confused as being one in the same, according to FDF member Erin Fleming ‘17.
“FDF is a competitive dance club/team. There are pretty hard auditions and interviews. We only practice once a week, so all of the girls have to be well trained dancers,” said Fleming. “FUDE is a dance club, it welcomes everyone and anyone who loves to dance. There is only one recital and it really is all about having fun and dancing.”
FDF competes in competitions against other colleges and universities.
Moffa has been apart of FDF since its start and she stated that their 2015-2016 season has been their most successful one yet. The group competed in two different competitions this year with one taking place at Central Connecticut State University and another at SUNY Cortland.
“At CCSU we competed just our jazz dance and won first place in our division. At SUNY Cortland, we were lucky enough to compete a total of four dances, two lyrical dances, one jazz dance and a contemporary dance,” stated Moffa. “We came in first in all these divisions, as well as coming in second in lyrical, having only to beat ourselves.” The competitions mean a lot for the team, as they have only had 3 years to grow their club.
“We are a student-run competitive team. Our captains Amanda and Micaela run every practice and drill every routine,” said Fleming. “So, to win first place at our competitions is the most amazing and rewarding feeling.”
As competition season comes to an end, the club is already looking ahead to bettering themselves for the upcoming year. Several core seniors will be graduating from the team, including both captains, but they are hopeful to carry on with the growth that they have seen over the years.