Recruitment ended Friday, and as of Sunday night, the number of registered dancers was 1,943, which approached the 2013 record of approximately 2,000 people.
“Registrations have still been rolling in over the past week because we haven’t actually technically closed it online,” said Brendan Leonard, the group’s publicity chairman.
He believes recruitment will match, if not exceed, 2,000 dancers.
Leonard recognized that recruitment can be forceful.
“There was one week a few years ago that was pretty bad that,” he said. “Over the past few years, we have made very conscious efforts to reel (the recruiters) in.”
Leonard said the recruiters’ enthusiasm comes from the desire to get students involved.
“We are excited because we want other people to get excited about it,” he said.
The retention rate of registered dancers is usually about 50 percent, a drop-off caused by a combination of factors, Leonard said.