By Anna Synakh || Chief Editor
With over a hundred clubs and organizations on campus, we as students often get lost in the options present. Many of us stick to the organizations we landed on two days after our first year’s club fair and made little or no effort to explore the various other opportunities available to us. The clubs we most often dread joining are those that focus on artistic talents, like dancing. Almost every one of us has been to a dance recital at F&M and walked away amazed at the talent that just showed up on stage. However, there is always room for students without previous experience in our various dance organizations. One such club is Choomies, a K-POP dance club.
Choomies incoming co-president Pam Hernandez has been dancing with the group since the fall of her freshman year when her HA lightly pressured her to give it a try. Pam has been dancing since she was little and has almost always been drawn to K-Pop music and dance. For the majority of her time with Choomies, she had to practice on Zoom, but this semester that all changed, and the club now thrives on in-person workouts.
The opportunity to reunite with all the other members brought them all a new sense of elation and rekindled excitement to keep dancing. “Some dancers go dancing at 1 a.m. just to practice,” says Pam.
This year has been synonymous with growth for the club, both in membership and in public. When Pam joined last year, Choomies had around 20 members, this year they are approaching 40. Their new focus is to market and expand their visual and film crew, ensuring their content gets out there in the best possible way. The club has also increased the number of shows it puts on this semester, doing a show at Coming Out party, the school bonfire, and hosting its own showcase this weekend (which everyone should to come !).
Throughout our conversation, Pam wanted to emphasize how great the club has been for her and many other members. They are often given boba tea as a treat after practice and chat, sometimes they prolong their long nights with food and dance just for the sheer fun of it all.
“You really don’t have to be a dancer to join. We have a girl who was completely new to dancing when she arrived, and now she’s flying! Pam couldn’t help but smile as she encouraged people to try Choomies. This charming dance club has transformed its F&M life and can serve as a fantastic artistic outlet for many people on our campus.
Come and discover our showcase!! Choomies has a showcase this Friday, December 10 in the CSC Atrium from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Anna Synakh is the editor-in-chief. His email is [email protected]