If you’ve been to a Red Sox game recently, you might have spotted a new addition to Fenway’s opening montage: a series of clips of freestyle dancers busting moves around Boston.
The video wasn’t produced or created entirely by the Red Sox, though. The dance clips were made by an Emerson College student, Conor Biddle, whose independent video company aims to showcase dance talent across Boston.
The video was made without the Red Sox in mind, but aimed to “captivate non-dancers.” Soon, however, one of Boston’s most beloved sports teams took a liking to it.
“Five days before opening day, [a rep] called me and said, ‘we loved your video, we were planning on doing something similar across Boston, but they decided we couldn’t do it better than you did it,’ which was a huge compliment,” Biddle said.
Biddle’s footage was edited into a video that is now played at Fenway Park “most nights,” according to Boston Red Sox spokesperson Zineb Curran.
Four professional Boston-based dance troupes are featured in the video: Urbanity Dance, Static Noyze, The CONcept ARTists, Pictures in Concrete, and Biddle’s own crew, DEFY Video. Students from MIT, the Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Northeastern University, and Emerson College dance in the video, as well.
After editing together the montage, the Boston Red Sox offered Biddle and his crew tickets to a game so that they could see their work in action. Many of those in attendance had never before visited Fenway Park.
“We were all standing there, cheering, videotaping, and the fans around us were like, ‘Whoa, is that you guys?’” Biddle said.
The experience has been “happy” for all the dancers involved in the video, Biddle said.
“They love being a part of this process. It’s a pretty happy group of people,” he noted. “And they loved it when we went to the game, all the dancers were cheering so much for everyone.”