Winthrop House residents crowded into the House Junior Common Room on a recent Sunday night to attend the inaugural Winthrop Winter Showcase. An impressive array of performances ensued, with dance dominating the evening.
Step dance inspired by African and hip-hop rhythms, jazz styling resembling a 1930s Parisian nightclub, traditional Mexican folk dance celebrating the state of Jalisco, salsa enlivened with the tempos of Cuba, bhangra dance sharing the energetic beats of the Punjabi culture, and Irish dance with its flurry of footwork were all featured. Students who have trained with premier dance companies, such as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the San Francisco Ballet, also presented accomplished performances in modern dance and ballet.
Pianists and vocalists joined the acts, including a self-taught throat singer. Master of ceremonies Max Meyer ’12 kept the show effortlessly flowing and managed to take a moment at the piano to dazzle the crowd with his own singing and playing.
Housemasters Stephanie Robinson and Ronald S. Sullivan Jr. made a family night out of the event, attending with their eldest son. Residents crowded onto cozy sofas and chairs or clustered together on the floor, sitting arm in arm to support their fellow students. Following the final act, Meyer led a chorus of cheers.