Artist of the Week: Cali Giuggio (II)
by Faith Pang on Saturday, October 11th, 2014
I know Cali Giuggio from my dorm, Hallowell House. At the end of last year, the seniors gave her the nickname “Queen C,” an obvious connection to Beyonce—just watch videos the Winter Dance Concert and you’ll know why.
As far as she could remember, Cali has been dancing since she learned to walk. At two years old, Cali began dance classes in Scituate, Massachusetts. Her first classes were simple, ‘baby steps’ towards a greater goal. In the fifth grade, she switched to Raquelle’s Dance dance studio in Cohasset where she has made a home for her dance career. Her favorite teachers are Kenzie Finn, who directs her dance company at Raquelle’s and has been coaching her for about seven years, and Rachel Buffer, who coaches her in hip-hop. Cali is formally trained in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, and modern dance. However, she has tried and enjoyed other types of dance through drop-in classes and the Milton Dance Concert.
When asked about her Dance Concert experience at Milton, Cali says that it is always “such a fun time.” Although she has not choreographed in the previous years, she plans to try this year. Cali hasn’t thought about the specifics of her dance yet, but she is ecstatic about the opportunity and hopes for a really great turn out. In prior years, Cali’s favorite dances included those choreographed by Pat McLaughlin (‘14), Destiny Polk (I), Kirby Feagan (‘13), and the Monique Williams (‘13), who choreographed the Jamaican dance. Cali especially loved Pat and Destiny’s dance, which explored the concept of addiction. She particularly noticed how “the idea and the movement was really interesting and beautiful.” Cali thought that Kirby’s dance about the role of females in society was really important for people to think about and was a wonderful expression of Kirby’s own feelings. She also thought that the Jamaican dance had a lot of spice and flavor. Not only was the dance really fun, but the people involved formed a great group.
Cali is an artist not only on stage but in the dorm as well. She has her own way of giving voice to everything. Those around her enjoy her spirit and her contagious laugh. I hope that she continues with strength in her pursuit of dancing, and I wish her the best of luck in her junior and senior years.
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