By Jordan McCullough
The upcoming Spring Dance Show inspired at least one student dancer to step out of the box. Chloè Tagan, a member of the Fitchburg State Dance Club, tried out for the show with duet partner Ryan Cormier. She and Ryan earned a place on the program by doing a hip-hop number to the song “Whatcha Say” by Jason Derulo.
Tagan says she was ecstatic to find out she made it. This is the first time she has choreographed a dance number, as well as her first coed duet; she and Cormier portray lovers who are fighting after a cheating incident and their subsequent breakup.
Reaching this high point took many years of training for Tagan. A hip-hop dancer since 8, Tagan’s dance career was briefly derailed when her parents could no longer afford dance classes at Kathy Roy’s School of Dance in Templeton. “I loved it, it was my favorite thing; it was so hard to give up,” Tagan says.
After taking a few years off in middle school, Tagan returned to Kathy Roy’s school, this time in Westminster. “I got back into it because I had a passion, I just wanted to dance,” she says.
Tagan also opted to take private hip-hop dance lessons with Danielle Mullins, a certified professional, to help her get back those few years she lost.
“Dancing makes me feel good,” Tagan said. “If I could dance every day for the rest of my life I would be happy.”
Tagan said she hopes to go somewhere with dance, but it is hard to obtain a job in the field. For now, she enjoys dancing with the dance club at FSU and will be performing in the annual show on April 7 at 7 pm and April 9 at 7 pm in the Weston Auditorium.