Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) has a number of different options if you’re interested in extracurricular activities, from a capella to a student run clinic. I’ve been dancing off and on for about 15 years and wanted to find a way to reconnect with that part of my life. That’s when I stumbled upon Dance Haven, the CUMC dance group. Run through the P&S Club (Physicians & Surgeons), anyone who is a member of the CUMC community is eligible to join! There is one big showcase at the end of the Fall semester and several smaller performances in the Spring semester. Each dance typically rehearses for one to two hours per week. Some dancers are absolute beginners while others are former professionals, and dance styles range from Bollywood to lyrical to tap. If you have a creative urge to choreograph you can do that too!
In addition, Dance Haven sponsored an entire day full of fun, interesting dance classes this year including two master classes with renowned choreographer and educator Sean McLeod. Dance Haven is a wonderful way to get some exercise, meet people from other CUMC schools and unwind.
This semester there were four of us representing the ETP nursing program in the showcase. Check out the Dance Haven Facebook page for photos, other videos of students from nursing (me!), public health, and physical therapy, and for more information. https://www.facebook.com/PSDanceClub
–Kent Haina Jr. ETP ’14