Students Excel in the Shaw Movement Studio

SydneySydney Webb '13 (to the left)

While many aspects of the new Shaw Center as still waiting to be “broken-in”, the sprung-vinyl floor Movement Studio is already a hub for, well, movement at Graceland. Whether the room is playing host to classes in the Division of Health and Movement Sciences, being utilized by the theatre department or being used for a Cheer team practice, the new Shaw Movement Studio is one of the facilities most active rooms.

And perhaps nobody is more excited to use the Movement Studio than the Gadets Dance team. Head Coach Katie Persall says the room has been perfect for Gadets practice. The team has utilized the Studio’s double mirrors to perfect technique, experimented with ballet using the studio’s bars and the floor’s soft, giving material allows the team to practice more rigorously than ever, without risking knee injuries. Simply put, Persall says that “Everything is enhanced.” Rather than having to worry about space constrictions, the entire team can easily practice together in the studio, not having to change routines due to space restricts.

“Every day I walk into the Studio and I just say, ‘Wow, this place is amazing.’ I don’t know if that will ever ware off, even after years of using it,” said Persall.

“When the team walked into the Studio, we were just so excited to have that kind of room to move in. We can really express ourselves in there and it makes us a stronger team. We all really love it and we’re just thrilled that Graceland has a space for dance,” said Gadets Captain Sydney Webb ’13.

The Movement Studio looks to continue to be a popular space on campus, being an ideal location to hold everything from practices from the Polynesian Club’s annual Hawaiian Luau to yoga classes.