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More than 100 students participated in the multicultural dance show Eclipse on April 24, continuing a 46-year-old Connecticut College tradition.
Choreographed, produced and performed entirely by students, the event featured hip hop, Afro-Caribbean and West African dance, contemporary dance, spoken word, music performance art and more.
“Eclipse is about community building with both past and current students of color,” said Royalti Richardson ’21, a sociology and Africana studies double major who served on the executive board for this year’s Eclipse.
Richardson co-choreographed, with Darriana Greer ’21, who also served on the executive board, a “fusion of Afro-Caribbean and West African dance with some hip-hop elements.” The piece connected to this year’s theme of Eclipse, “(R)evolution,” because it showed that “throughout history, African culture has never truly disappeared, it has only changed its form,” Richardson said.
Richardson also served as alumni coordinator for Eclipse, adding that four alumni participated: Adrienne Hawkins ’76, Jermaine Doris ’19, Kimberly Mitchell-Ince ’20 and Alexandra Bernardo ’20.
“I will look back on my time in Eclipse,” said Richardson, “with a sense of pride and accomplishment because I did my part to help students of color feel seen and heard.”