Dance groups stomp it up at BEC event
As part of the Black Emphasis Committee’s annual spring weekend, the Win or Lose Dance Competition was held Saturday in the Hadley Union Building Ohio Room.
The competition featured crews from various colleges in Pennsylvania, including Temple University and University of Pittsburgh.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s dance groups, Militia, Havoc Step Team, and Ritmo Latino Dance Crew also performed and participated in the event.
The dance competition was a new event, taking the place of the BEC’s usual fashion show.
“We wanted to host the dance competition as something new, and by letting it be free, we are allowing people to get a feel for it,” said Cykhira Walton (junior, criminology), who is the BEC social events chair and was also one of the hosts for the dance competition.
She said she was very excited for this year’s turnout, as their spring events fell on Greek Weekend this year.
It was Havoc Step Team’s first time performing on campus.
Militia and Ritmo also considered this their first competition.
“I guess this would be considered our first competition, but we don’t feel like we’re competing,” Ritmo’s President Pamela Guzman (sophomore, psychology) said. “I love dancing and Spanish music. We were just excited they asked us to perform.”
Three judges assessed Ritmo’s seven members, Havoc’s nine members and Militia’s eight members.
BEC also gave out raffle tickets with prizes throughout the competition.
For the first round of the competition, the contestants were asked to pick a Beyoncé or a Michael Jackson song. For the second round, the groups were allowed to pick their own music.
Ritmo showed Beyoncé’s “emotional and Spanish side” through “Beautiful Liar” by Shakira and Beyoncé.
Havoc performed to “Yoncé” by Beyoncé for their first performance and used no music for the second one.
“We normally don’t like using music, but in order to qualify for the competition, we had to use the Beyoncé song in the beginning,” Havoc president Yasmeen Stephens (junior, sociology) said.
Militia’s team performed to “Sweet Dreams” for the first round and used the song to develop their dance.
“Because we had to use Beyoncé and Michael Jackson for the first round, we started off with ‘Sweet Dreams,’” explained Militia’s President Calisha Rhett (sophomore, criminology). “The whole theme is a nightmare until we wake up at the end, which is ‘Flawless’ by Beyoncé.”
Some teams went to lengths to prepare just for the competition.
“Specifically with the second round, we had our choreographer from Pittsburgh – his name is LJ – and he taught us two dances,” said the secretary of Militia, Diamond Davis (sophomore, psychology).
There was also an interlude during which random members of the crowd were picked to dance to old-school dances like “The Percolator” and new school dances like The Dougie.
BAMN, or By Any Means Necessary, represented Temple and won first place in Saturday’s competition.
They competed to an array of old and new Beyoncé songs, as well as some Michael Jackson.
“Driving five hours was worth it,” said Angel Clardy, one of the members of BAMN. “We perform a lot on campus, but this was our first time going off location.”
It was the last time performing for two of their members who are graduating. University of Pittsburgh’s dance group Premium Orange took home third place, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Havoc step team took home the second-place prize.