we all need a study break
Every dance. Every set. Every show.
Life saver in the making, Rachael Rogers also known as HYPE Momma, has had quite a three year career with the HYPE Marquette dance team. Balancing the role of Co-Director, shared with Alexander Johnson and earning a degree within Marquette’s College of Nursing is no easy task! We are extremely proud of this woman and wish her the best of luck with all of her future endeavors. As a goodbye, Rachael sat down for a little bit of a Q&A regarding her time her at Marquette.
Question: What do you wish do with your degree once you’ve graduated from Marquette?
Answer: I want to pursue a career in Pefiatric Oncology. Perhaps further down the road, I would also like to go back to school and become a professor of nursing at a college.
Question: What is your favorite style of dance?
Answer: I don’t really have a favorite dance style. I enjoy all types of dance, but I think that my emotion and enjoyment of being a character comes from my musical theater background. As long as I can give lots facials and emotions while I’m preforming, then I’m a happy girl.
Question: All-time favorite dance that was performed?
Answer: Wow, that’s a difficult one for me, because I have enjoyed many of the pieces performed over these past three years. I would have to give the title to Alex’s “Gimmie Dat” piece; it was such a blast to perform and definitely a crowd pleaser. I also loved performing the Tango; it was such a different style and completely unexpected.
Question: What is your favorite memory that you will walk away with from your experience with HYPE?
Answer: Honestly, I love the practices and the crazy things that happen during them. We are just always laughing, being silly, an having a good time. By far the craziest moment though would be the celebration of my 21st birthday and the after party for the Grand New Brew show. It was a great way to start the season on such a different step.
Question: As awful as this is to ask, what goodbyes do you wish to say to those that have traveled on this journey with you?
Answer: To my family who have unfortunately never been able to physically attend a performance, I feel your loving thoughts and prayers every time before I go on stage. Thank you Mom and Dad for instilling the love of dance, theater, and art into my life. To my roomies and dear friends who are my cheerleaders and always there at my shows, I know it can be boring sometimes, but it means the absolute world to me that you guys are there no matter what for me To Alex, you have been such a great friend to me throughout these past three years; you have pushed me to be a better dancer. I know I always give you crap for making me do ridiculous stuff, but honestly it has made me into the dancer that I am today. Thank you all to the other choreographers in my dancing career at Marquette, you have all reignited mu love for dance. Last but not least, to my HYPE babies: for those that have been there from the beginning and even those who are new, you have meant the world to me. It is an amazing feeling to know that you may have had the slightest impact on someone, even if it was just to make them smile. You guys have given me a reason to work hard and push myself to do better. You guys have made me so proud in your progress and growth as individuals and a team. You have all truly touched my heart and will always hold a special place, no mater the distance.
Senior Alexander Johnson also known as Alex Mr. Brotastic Johnson, took time out of his busy schedule to share his many memories made throughout his four years on the HYPE Marquette dance team.
Question: Who is you favorite choreographer and dance style?
Answer: My favorite choreographer is Sonya Tayeh because she pushes the limits of dance and those who perform it. My favorite dance style is funk; it is easily incorporated within everything and fits my personality.
Question: What piece was your favorite to perform throughout your four years on HYPE?
Answer: My favorite dance was one that I self-choreographed about two years ago to “Gimme Dat.” It was during the peak of my experimentations with different styles of dance. The energy was great and the crowd had loved it. It really showed my progression as a dancer and choreographer.
Question: What will be your fondest memory from your HYPE experience?
Answer: I loved the practiced that we exchanged Secret Santa gifts. It really showed how much we love each other and the family ties that we have established. Another crazy moment though would definitely be when the team met for some bonding time at Johnny’s apartment.
Question: What farewell message would you like to share with the HYPE family and the extended fans?
Answer: To my HYPE Marquette family, this has been quite a journey. As the older HYPE members have left, I have been forced to experience many different groups of dancers and atmospheres. However, this one by far has taught me the most. I have grown not only as a dancer, but as a person. I a, so happy that you’ve allowed me to be a part of this team and share in this experience with you. I hope that you all have had an amazing journey as well and can’t wait to see the direction of the team upon my occasional visits. Thank you all so much for your love, support, and for putting up with me when I go H.A.M. I wish you all the best of luck in the future. Love you!
Seniors, Alexander Johnson and Rachael Rogers, we wish you both the best of luck as you leave the college life behind and venture out into the “real” world. Always know that there will be a place for you stage; once a part of the HYPE family, ALWAYS a part of the HYPE family. We can’t express our gratitude enough for all the time and effort you two have put into this program during the past years. LOVE YOU!
The HYPE Marquette 2011-2012 Crew.
Photo Order in the appearance of left to right. . Back Row: Alexander Johnson, Chris Ebel, Johnny Harkey, TeeJay Bowden. Middle Row: Rachael Rogers, Annamarie Hernandez, Sarah Ryan, Lauren Holman, Morgan Ludington. Front Row: Regine Torrance, Emily Ruthenberg, Jackie Adler, Mel Hanley.
HYPE Marquette is not only a hip hop dance group based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at Marquette University, but a union of diverse talents and dance personalities. HYPE Marquette believes in the power of dance and its expression of emotion and athleticism. At HYPE Marquette, we strive to educate and showcase the many variations of hip hop dance and its culture by performing at a variety of shows throughout campus and the Milwaukee area.
Dance first. Think later.