OGX wows in annual showcase

Orignal Xpressions dance crew performed its second annual spring showcase on Sunday April 23 in Wadsworth Auditorium. The performance was filled with vigor and life, as it celebrated dance across five different decades. (Annalee Bainnson/Assoc. Photo Editor)

Geneseo’s Original Xpressions dance crew delivered an exuberant and inspiring performance on Sunday April 23 for their second annual spring showcase, “Dancing Through Time.”

OGX officially became a recognized club by the college in spring 2015, a year after being founded by six friends who performed together during a benefit concert. Their members and reputation have both grown exponentially since then. With an aim for diversity, OGX covers a broad range of styles, including hip-hop, Latin and Afro-funk, to name a few. 

“Dancing Through Time” consisted of several dance numbers, each with a unique style and story that corresponded with five different decades of music and dance styles. 

The showcase, however, was not limited to just OGX members. The dance club invited several other groups to join their performance, including Geneseo Shakti, Latino Student Association, G-STEPPAS, Geneseo Bhangra and Rochester Institute of Technology’s Velocity. Each group contributed to OGX’s value of diversity through dance, as they shared their own unique interests and cultures. 

It’s safe to say that there was never a dull moment during OGX’s showcase; even the intermission had the audience bobbing in their seats to Bruno Mars’ hit “24k Magic,” as a charming video showing the history of the club played in the background. From their humble beginning to the current powerhouse group that they are today, OGX showed how much fun they have with each other doing what they love—dancing.

Jam-packed with energy and power, OGX’s showcase kept the excitement moving. Whether it was their creative and funny Taken-inspired dance story or the sarcastic banter between the two masters of ceremony, the showcase went above and beyond in deliverance. 

The audience also wasn’t entirely just a spectator. At one point, the master of ceremonies invited a member of the audience to come on stage to demonstrate and to teach them the technique of stepping. 

OGX was also nice enough to provide a Snapchat geo-filter, helping audience members become the envy of all their friends for attending such an awesome performance. The inspiring energy and humor didn’t have to stop at the showcase, either. OGX provided their Snapchat information, telling the audience to add them so that they never have to miss any of the team’s notorious practice shenanigans.

While the showcase was full of intensity, the ending was bittersweet for the OGX dancers. Though they put on a thrilling performance, it was sad to have their last show with their graduating seniors. Many of the dancers graduating at the end of the semester are also some of the founders. 

The president of the crew senior Christina Alli ended the night by giving a heartfelt speech that highlighted the ways in which the club and its members had an impact on her college career and on her heart.

OGX is a team of friends who all share a passionate love for expression through dance. Whether you enjoy dancing or music, look out for next year’s showcase—it certainly is a must-see performance and should be added on every Geneseo student’s college bucket list.