The rain-filled brick paths of Elon were brightened on Sunday when Elon dance majors performed their “Dancing in the Landscape” pieces. On the final day of Family weekend the dancers demonstrated their talent while showcasing Elon University’s architecture around campus in a series of four different dances, at four different locations.
The audience was guided by two student choreographers who walked at the front of the crowd from the first location of inside the Performing Arts Center and outside on Love Terrace, then moved to the plaza outside Lakeside Dining Hall facing Lake Mary Nell, followed by the outdoor space in front of the racquetball courts, and lastly everyone gathered by the archways that enter into the gymnasium.
“They [First-year dance majors] started off very skeptical of what we’re asking of them because they’re used to dancing on a stage…but this has really given them the opportunity to explore their own movement,” says co-director and choreographer Sara Tourek.
And if architecture wasn’t enough of a barrier Mother Nature had her own way of impeding.
“The dancers have been amazing and yesterday [Saturday] we had a three hour rehearsal outside in the pouring rain,” says Co-Director Sara Tourek
But the emphasis remained on the dancers showcasing their skills and Elon’s campus.
“I think it’s a great opportunity because usually we’re just dancing in a studio or dancing on a theater stage. But it’s different in that we get to interact with our surroundings and really experiment with everything around us,” says first-year dance major, Ana Thue.
This allowed families to see that it’s not just studio dancing and showed parents of Elon dance majors that their sons and daughters will be able to dance in any location.
“We’ve been working since the first week of school. And so we’ve had about three to four weeks to create, to polish, and then to design the costumes,” says co-director and choreographer Renay Aumiller.
Dancers rehearsed for roughly three hours a week. And the event is an Elon Family Weekend classic. Dancing in the Landscape will return for Family Weekend in the fall of 2016
“It’s like a convenience food, but it’s healthy for you,” says owner of The Grain Factory, Mary Tyre.
Her favorite is her Harvest Pumpkin Pie. With samples of muffins diced on the table in a green tupperware container, it’s no surprise Mary bakes with her hands and her heart.
“It’s actually got powdered pumpkin in it, which is organic and non-GMO,” says Tyre.
After passing Otis Spunkemeyer goods in the store for Tyre sells organic baking mix she prepares from her own organic recipes.
“One day it hit me, not the muffins, the mixes,” says Tyre! Once someone buys her specialty mix, he or she just has to combine an egg, vegetable oil, and water. Then the chef stirs and bakes. Each mix makes 12 muffins, an eight- or nine-inch cake round, or pancakes.
Her drive is no cake walk. She travels about half an hour from Mebane, North Carolina to the Elon Community Church parking lot each Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to sell her homemade, bake-it-yourself, goodies. And she’s expanding.
“I’m trying now to get into Company Shops of Burlington or Saxpahaw General Store,” says Tyre about her hope of expanding The Grain Factory.
She hopes to never have a store of her own but to be in stores and have Internet sells. But there is one drawback about being at Elon and Mebane.
“There’s a core that comes every week and then there are a lot of people who just wander through,” says Tyre.
“It’s fun for me to think about all the flavors,” says Tyre.
She has an envelope filled with what she says are tons of flavor ideas. Along with harvest pumpkin pie flavors include: lemon poppy seed, snickerdoodle, strawberry tart, cranberry orange, and chocolate.
“I actually hand mix them all and once I measure them out I have these great big bowls, so I can toss it around without throwing it out. And I have eight and I usually make about 8 [flavors] at a time,” says Tyre.
She says once she has all the ingredients measured it is therapeutic to sit in a chair and just mix them all up by hand.
“Don’t be an ass, don’t cheat on tests, and don’t plagiarize,” says junior Emily Roper explaining her summary of of Elon’s Honor Code.
Roper is a catcher for the Phoenix softball team and began her career at Elon in the fall of 2013. She and her junior fellow teammates have a different experience with Elon’s Call to Honor Ceremony.
“I never went to the Call of Honor Ceremony. We had practice,” says Roper.
The catcher and the team were working out instead of signing posters with the four key pillars: Honesty, Integrity, Responsibility, Respect.
“We told our coach we were supposed to go and she said no you’re not going,” says Roper who believes it was an oversight.
And she doesn’t feel that her not being there has impacted her too much since.
“I feel like that’s how I try to live my life anyway…I try to be good to other people,” says Roper.
Now the Elon Honor Code is still in all her syllabi.
When asked if she could name the four pillars, “I know that respect is one of them,” says Roper laughingly.
She also says that her sophomore and freshmen teammates were required to go.
Today, sophomores, juniors, and seniors may not fully remember all parts of the Elon Honor Code. But there is a poster highlighting the key pillars
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