The cast glows in dramatic blue and red lighting as they stand with heads down awaiting to break away. Boomshaka, the drum, dance and rhythm ensemble on campus, demonstrates clear aptitude with whatever they make their instrument in their Thursday opening spring show “Boomshaka: Off Balance.”
Boomshaka makes drums and beats out of nearly anything — trash cans, buckets, stools, plastic pipes, brooms and more. With just their hands and drumsticks, the ensemble creates a boom unlike any other in Shanley Pavilion. “Off Balance” is this year’s annual spring show theme, and it's written and choreographed by every student on the squad.
According to Weinberg junior and Boomshaka executive board member Allegra Kawles, the theme is less a “choreographic, artistic theme and more of for our set and the way we wanted the space to look.” Both dancers and drummers contribute to directing the show. Given the broad range of talent in the ensemble, the “Off Balance” acts range from slow dances to Billie Eilish and include both acoustic rhythm acts and music-accompanied group performances.
The show will be held in Shanley Pavilion Thursday night at 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday night at both 7 and 10 p.m. More details can be found on Boomshaka’s Facebook Page