ReFusionShaka is a creative dance show produced by Northwestern students each year and attended by faculty, students, and family. The performance was on Friday November 11 at 9 PM and Saturday November 12 at 8 PM and 10:30 PM in Cahn Auditorium. More than 2,500 people were in attendance at the 3 performances this year.
ReFusionShaka is one of the most highly anticipated student performances of the year. Three dance groups, Refresh, Fusion, and Boomshaka, join together to put on a choreographed dance performance lasting an hour and a half. Refresh is an urban group, Fusion is a hip hop group, and Boomshaka is a mixture of dance and drumming.
The tickets were $5 if you ordered them on Norris Box Office in advance or $7 at the door for students and $10 for the general public. This year’s slogan was, “More beats than your body can handle.”
The dancers practiced for long hours leading up to the show in hopes that their hard work would pay off.
“Preparing for the show is exhausting, but exhilarating,” Eliana Galperin, a sophomore in Fusion, said. “We definitely pour our blood, sweat, and tears into the show. The audience is so fun and cheers you on, which just ups our energy and adrenaline even more. I love being a part of Fusion because we all have this unique passion for dance and what we do, and we’re there for each other in every way, both in and out of the group.”
Each main act was followed by a transition that kept up the same energy and enthusiasm as the dancing itself. “I’m not even dancing, and I’m sweating!” one audience member shouted half-way through the performance.
Popular songs such as Justin Bieber’s “Cold Water” and a remix of The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” got the audience involved with the show, as they bobbed their heads and danced along while clapping and cheering. Fusion even did a tribute to the Cubs World Series Win and dressed up in Cubs apparel for a dance routine.
“This is one of the most fun shows to perform in,” Emma Meyerhoff, a sophomore from Boomshaka, said. “It’s crazy to look out into the audience and see so many people cheering for you. I love being a part of Boomshaka because it’s like I get to have my own little family on campus.”