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Shall We Dance? My Experience at Cabaret for a Cure

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On Thursday March 16th, Queen’s Law was treated to one of its yearly highlights, as a sold out Grand Theatre, made up of the Queen’s Law community, who watched their peers two-step, shimmy and shake for an incredibly important cause: the Cabaret for the Cure benefiting the Queen’s Law Cancer Society. By the end of the night the school had raised an incredible $18,000 through ticket sales, raffles and a hotly contested public auction. It was a memorable night, which reminded us of the work that still needs to be done to combat cancer in our society, and the power that this research can do to save lives and affect families.

As a stressed-out, hard working 1L last year, I made a crucial error in judgment in not being part of the 2016 Cabaret. Whether I just didn’t think I had time, or didn’t value it compared to long hours in the Learning Commons, my decision to not be a part of the 1L dance or even attend the show was one I regretted to this day. When the opportunity then presented itself to participate this year, I jumped on it, signing up for “the Bay Street Boys”, which I had heard were always a highlight of the show. I joined nine other determined young gentlemen, and for the next 6 weeks we embarked on a journey of learning, growth, and somewhat unnecessary pelvic thrusts.

Our choreographer, the magnificent Renée Oddy, brought us out of the artistic wilderness, giving us direction, structure, and a sense of self-confidence that even the most experienced prima ballerina could not know. We began rehearsals as 10 individuals, all with our own expectations and goals from the dance – fame, untold riches, and in Nick’s case a lifetime sponsorship for pomade hair cream. When we struck our last pose near the end of One Direction’s “Kiss You” on Thursday night we were a unit, a clan of warriors clad in Hawaiian shirts, we were our own Band of Brothers, and not just because Colby looks like Damian Lewis from the HBO miniseries.

After all was said and done, participating in Cabaret was one of the best decisions I have made in law school, because beyond the mockumentary dance videos, the late night practices, and exhilaration of having 42 people scream for you on stage as you gyrate to Boyz II Men, Cabaret is what Queen’s Law is all about. Every person who participated came off that stage with the same level of excitement that they not only helped make a difference for a great cause, but they had fun doing it, with many of us trying something we had never even dreamed of attempting before. I believe that challenging yourself should be a main goal of law school, and I can promise you that after conquering the stage at Cabaret there will be no corporate office too big or court bench too daunting to tackle.

Ethan Gordon (2L) is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Juris Diction.

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