Fraternities and sororities may be known for stepping, but what about contemporary, hip-hop, salsa and jazz? Greeks on campus showed that they have more than one trick up their sleeves at the “Dancing with the Greeks” event in the Student Center Ballroom on April 5.
The Office of African American Student Services and Programs, the Black Sophomore Society and the Black Graduate Student Association sponsored the event for its second year and featured five representatives, each from their individual fraternity or sorority, as amateur dancers coupled with a choreographer.
A group of four dancers made up the judge’s panel, including a salsa dancer, a choreographer, a feature performer for the Velvet Room, and last year’s winner of “Dancing with the Greeks.”
The host for the evening was America’s Got Talent artist and comedian, Xclusiv. Other acts included Ms. Phi Beta Sigma, the Georgia State Dance Ensemble, and Dancers On Pointe.
The Greeks went onstage with confidence and each one adopted a unique dance style in their performance. This translated to positive comments from the judges.
First up was Jessica Barton, a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., with her partner Rahmier Dailey, who danced to a Jazz/R&B piece. Jena Alford, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., danced a pop number with her partner Nae Thomas. Ray Bailey, a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., was next– dancing a contemporary piece with his partner Tiesha Shelton.
After the judges’ deliberation, Johnson and his partner Lashae were announced the winners. They were awarded a crystal trophy on stage, along with all of the contestants receiving a certificate for their participation.
“It was a lot of practice that went into it actually. For about four or five weeks,” said Johnson, when asked about his preparation for the competition. “I think Greeks should show other talents besides just strolling and stepping across the campus. And plus it’s a great way to show that we’re different from other campuses.
“I really did enjoy the experience because the energy that my partner gave me was what I fed off of the whole time and as long as she was hype, I was excited. So there was not a dull moment the entire time.” he added.
Alpha Phi Alpha member Matthew Braham had nothing but positive comments about the “Dancing with the Greeks” event.
“It was a great event [and] production. I think that it was well organized. I can tell that the people that participated really did rehearse,” Braham said. “They really did care about it and as a result it showed when they were on stage. Amazing.”
President of the Black Sophomore Society, Kyle Walcott, also spoke in approval of the turnout that evening.
“I was too happy with the turnout. The Student Center Ballroom has about a 600 maximum capacity, and everyone filled the seats,” Walcott said. “Definitely next year I know that they are planning to have the third annual Dancing with the Greeks and it will be a tradition that lives on.”