So we think we can dance: Trinity students take the stage


Photo by Sarah Thorne.

A diverse community on campus is great for a lot of reasons, but I am most excited about the fact that we students get to put on some pretty great dance shows. This November kicks off a wide range of dance performances for the Trinity masses to enjoy.

These shows are pretty unique since they are put on by students, for students. Our peers choreograph, dance, eat and repeat throughout the semester to bring you the best showcase. And what better way to have a taste of the diverse cultures and passions (literally a taste, since most of these performances offer free food afterwards) than a dance showcase?

Starting the season of dance is Mabuhay at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in Laurie Auditorium.

Brought to you by the Filipino Student Association (FSA), this performance is a showcase of Filipino culture through traditional dances like the umbrella dance, Tinikling and the candle dance.

At Mabuhay, The Coco Bros, an all-male dance group that dances with coconuts strapped to various body parts, will showcase traditional Filipino dance with modern music and plenty of sass. I hear that they are available for weddings, bachelorette parties and more. During the show, there will be a raffle to win one of the Mabuhay tanks designed by art major Nancy Lee, and after the show, stick around for some traditional Filipino food.

A week after you’ve been educated in Filipino culture, you can learn about Diwali by watching traditional and modern Indian and Bollywood dances. Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, is one of the largest Hindu holidays ,  usually lasting for five days.

While we can’t have a week-long festival at Trinity, the Hindu Student Association and the Asian Subcontinental Association will showcase this celebration with a dance at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8 in Laurie, along with free Indian food after the show.

Diwali is always a great chance to watch some talented Tigers showcase their abilites, and, this year, even more Trinity students will participate in this thrilling event; the sororities Gamma Chi Delta and Alpha Chi Lambda will be featured in a joint dance performance.

Just before reading days begin, LoonE Crew, Trinity’s one and only hip-hop dance crew, will host their annual showcase at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 8 in Laurie.

This is perhaps the most NSFW (not safe for work) dance performance of the year. You can anticipate thug-nasty-gangsta-rap and plenty of skilled booty shaking.

Hands down, this dance showcase will most likely contain the most pelvic thrusts and twerking. For some previews of the December showcase, you can see LoonE Crew’s featured dance numbers in both Mabuhay and Diwali.

If I were to rate the performances on a scale of most restrained/cultured fun to most explicit fun, it would go like this: Diwali would win for most traditional dance style, Mabuhay is the nice medium ground for mixing hip-hop and traditional dances, so these have culture on their sides. Unless you consider A$AP Rocky culture, LoonE falls on the uncensored fun spectrum.

If you like what you see in these performances, you too can be a dancing queen or king in the spring by participating in the annual student dance showcase, Momentum. Auditions are held in early January, and those interested in choreographing should have material ready to show the judges by early December By judges, I mean the Momentum Producers, who are students.

Before you look that far ahead, just know that at the end of this semester, you will be extremely sleep-deprived and over-caffeinated as a result of finals, but if you attend all three shows, you will also be that much more #cultured.