Web Writing One Final Airband
enior Mel Kerigan found this year’s Airband more work than in years past because she was choreographer and senior member of an act. For her last Airband performance, Mel choreographed an act for her wing, Second South English, called “Love Story.” The routine used several songs to tell the story of young love with all its twists and turns. When her wing auditioned for Airband last year, Mel was unable to participate which caused her to start practicing for next year’s Airband in the spring 2013 semester. She put the finishing touches on the choreography during the summer. The final routine included “Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift, “Dance with Me Tonight” by Olly Murs, “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by the Beach Boys, and “It’s Gotta Be You” by the Backstreet Boys. She asked a few girls from other wings on Second English and friends from Broho and Third Center Wengatz to be in the act. The hardest part of this process came early in the semester as Mel fought to get everyone to show up for practice. It often became frustrating when participants would not come to learn the choreography she had prepared. Through latenight practices, a lot of hard work, and a successful audition, Mel and her wing made it into Airband, second in the line-up.
Her favorite part? Watching her choreography come to life. As the Avril Lavigne character, trying to woo the boys away, it was hard to stay focused and in character. “I was sitting on the side of the stage, trying to look sassy and mean, but I was so happy that they were all dipping at the same time and doing lifts together,” Mel said. But Mel was also a bundle of nerves. Her emotions ranged from “freaking out” that her group would not get on stage by the time the opening music began, to being nervous because of the amount of people that she could see, and to feeling, as she expressed it, “My group is awesome.”