Although it took some time, the great gig DANCE Company’s show “We Will Rock You” did just that. The pre-professional ensemble, based in Kennesaw, Ga., served the audience at the Footlight Players Theatre on Saturday with a diverse platter of jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, and tap.
Tap is this company’s strong suit. Under the director of Tammy Everhart, the mother of “So You Think You Can Dance” season nine contestant Zach Everhart (who specialized in tap dance), Great Gig’s performance featured a slew of tap in a 15 piece set. Both the larger ensemble performances, like the piece “Tainted Love,” choreographed by Tammy Everhart, and solo pieces like “Rappalachia,” choreographed by Zach Everhart, were crisply executed.
One of the standout tap numbers was “Pretty Fly,” featuring the company’s three male dancers, Avery Gillham, Grant Howard and Brennan Parker. The piece, choreographed by Tammy Everhart, had the audience moving along with the trio as they hoofed to The Offspring’s song “Pretty Fly (For a White Guy).” The young men effortlessly shuffled and ball changed around one another while playing up the guys-can-dance-too shtick.
The guys quickly found their way back on stage, this time accompanied by seven young women, for what was one of the best numbers of the night, “Infected.”
Choreographed by Alyson Quigley, “Infected” was the company’s take on the zombie phenomenon through hip-hop dance. From beginning to end, the 10 young dancers popped, locked and waved their way through the three-minute song, each move in precise unison. A performer who led the pack was Avery Gillham, who shined with his intense neck and chest isolations and sharp tutting motions. Standing in the front of the clump of dancers, Gillham’s motions were casted upon the group, causing a reflection effect that tied the entire dance together well.
The show, only lasting an hour and 10 minutes, was just enough to satisfy the audience without over-exhausting the dancers. From the extreme effort given by the 14 young dancers, you could tell that these performers loved the art of dance and were happy to share their talents with a new audience.
Love Lee is a Goldring Arts Journalist from Syracuse University.