Increasingly Sexual ReFusionShaka To Begin Show by Asking Audience for Consent
ReFusionShaka, which brings together members of Refresh Dance Crew, Fusion Dance Company, and Boomshaka, has established itself as a staple of Fall Quarter. While previous years included a variety of dances including Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Breaking, this year’s performance introduces acts of nudity, licking of audience members, and even one piece which ends with a “money shot.” Based on the nature of the content, ReFusionShaka deemed it best to ask for consent before beginning their show this year.
Eric Randall, Weinberg Junior, shared his opinion on the decision:
“Look, I like sex as much as the next guy, but that doesn’t mean I want it all of the time. I really appreciated them making sure I was ready before continuing with each of the progressively intense sexual activities that they call ‘dance’.”
Despite some doubts shown by students, dancers in the show were quick to defend their stylistic choices.
“Go to any modern dance show, give them enthusiastic consent, and I guarantee you will end up getting motor-boated, deep-throated, and brown-noted. We’re just keeping up with trends.” said Stacy Qu, member of Fusion Dance Company.
Jared McKinnel, director of the show, elaborated on his empathy for audience members.
“Absolutely no one will experience anything that they don’t want to do. But let me tell you, if you’re into it, we’ll do some pretty freaky shit.”
In an effort to promote sexual health on campus, the show also changed their slogan from “More Beats Than Your Body Can Handle” to “However Many Beats You Need To Cum.”