Though hip-hop and modern dance are differnet dance genres, Hypnotiq and Blue Strut’s dance show last Friday in the Wrestling Room, which featured dancers from the Youth Development Organization (YDO), brought these two styles together.
“I think it [the show] went well… a lot of people don’t see Blue Strut as much as they see Hypnotiq, so seeing Blue Strut up there was a lot of fun,” said Thomi Pamplin ’14, a member of Hypnotiq.
“[The Youth Development Organization] is for all children. They come from Lawrence and we teach them different dances. It’s a lot of fun,” Pamplin added.
According to YDO’s website, “[The Hip Hop Program] meets regularly on Wednesday evenings to provide a creative outlet for middle school students in dance… the bulk of hip-hop classes consist of students learning new choreography and splitting into groups to choreograph their own dances.”
The show began with a performance titled, “All of Her Nikes Throwback,” featuring choreography by the Hypnotiq heads Cherita Moore ’12, Borkeny Sambou ’12 and Unwana Abasi ’13. The dance began playfully, with snaps and lively movements, but it soon transformed into a more aggressive piece with complex dances.
“Crazy on You,” choreographed by Madeline Silva ’13, a member of Blue Strut, starred Silva, Aly Wayne ’14 and Madeleine Kim ’12. The instrumental song of “Crazy on You” by Heart perfectly matched Blue Strut’s quick movements.
Hypnotiq continued the energetic momentum of the show with “Wanna Freak ET Up and Down,” choreographed by Abasi, Moore and Sambou. The hip-hop moves were powerful and the blue lighting added intensity to the dance.
The next performance, titled “Empire State of Mind,” featured choreography by Brianna Barros ’12. The atmosphere of the dance was similar to “All of Her Nikes Throwback;” the piece was playful, energetic and very fast-paced. Featured dancers Rachel Murree ’14, Barros and Juli Brandano ’12 flowed across the stage with palpable energy.
“I could tell that they were all really into the dance. They all seemed to enjoy being on stage and performing,” said Vanessa Shrestha ’14.
Hypnotiq’s “Motto Gonna Motivate You to the Sky,” choreographed by the Hypnotiq Co-Heads, followed.
Next came “Murder to Excellence,” which was also performed at Dance Open and was choreographed by Sambou, Moore and Abasi.
“We were definitely looking for popular hip-hop songs. Jay-Z and Kanye West had a really amazing album, so we went through songs and did the pros and cons of each one. ‘Murder to Excellence’ was perfect,” said Abasi.
“I think it went really well. I was a little nervous for the [‘Murder to Excellence’] piece, because when you’re listening to the song, it’s so intense. I didn’t know if our movements would live up to it. I think we did it, and it was really good,” said Sambou.
Shrestha said, “I really liked how [‘Murder to Excellence’] was choreographed. All of the dancers were in sync. It was a really powerful piece.”
“Home” highlighted all the members of Blue Strut. Seniors Barros, Kim and Brandano were outstanding, executing their dances flawlessly. The performance was especially lively because of the yellow lighting. Members of the audience tapped to the beat of the music and called out to the dancers.
The audience erupted into applause at the arrival of the hip-hop girls from Lawrence. The piece “Freakalator” stole the show with the YDO girls’ fearless dance moves.
The finale of the program featured a joint dance to Beyonce’s hit “Run the World.” The audience’s clapping was deafening as the YDO participants briefly returned to stage.
The show concluded with the announcement of Hypnotiq’s choreographers for the 2012-2013 school year, Jenny Zeng ’13 and Pamplin, and Blue Strut’s new Co-Head, Madeline Silva ’13.
Pamplin said, “They just opened the spot for choreographing. We had to audition by making a piece and learning a piece and going through the interview process… I’m really excited. I’m also a little nervous because I don’t have any proper training in hip-hop. I look forward to working with Jenny.”