UK 101: Competition Week for Towson

It’s that time again – another full week of non-stop practicing and UK family bonding.  This Saturday, we are competing at the 3rd Annual Dance Extravaganza hosted by Towson University.  Our theme for this medley is “iPod DJ Night at Ike’s.”  Ike’s is a diner on GMU’s campus that opens from 9PM-4AM every night, and every so often they have iPod DJ night on Thursdays, where students can bring in their own iPod and have a grand old time with their buddies.  Kathy had the great idea of using this concept for our show – great variety of music and a lot of fun.  We had the same theme for our step show performance last month, but we’ve changed some songs for this competition just to mix it up.

This week, we are having practice every day for at least three hours, and we will probably practice even longer on Friday.  Times like these can be stressful but so worthwhile because they challenge our teamwork ability and our dedication to making each performance the best to our ability.  Our reward?  Watching and re-watching videos of ourselves 10 times in a row while complementing each other’s charisma/cracking up on small hiccups.  It’s such a good feeling to see that through the sweat and pain, our hard work pays off in the end, and we always managed to deliver an entertaining, high-energy show.  We also learn a lot after each performance, because we can see what worked, what didn’t, concepts we can expand on, etc.  We are always striving to improve as a team, and I think that has shown this academic year because I have seen immense growth in technique, performance ability, and organization within our team since the beginning of Fall 2010.

With that being said, the show for this Saturday is gonna be sooo good.  I can just feel it.  And, we finished blocking all of our choreographed pieces tonight, which is four days before the event – the earliest we have finished since my year of admitted UK members have been on the team.  In one of our songs, Catie included a modern/contemporary section which we will learn later in the week skjhajwe OMG SO EXCITED.  Tomorrow, we will work on transitions and we should be able to run through the medley Thursday and Friday.  YEAH UK

One of our members will be filming our performance this Saturday, so I’ll post that up this weekend.  In the mean time, here is a competition-worthy performance we did at the annual Greek Step Show for 2010.  Every year, the National Pan-Hellenic Council holds a step competition for the Divine Nine fraternities and sororities, and we provide the entertainment during their intermission.  Our theme for this show was “Hollywood.”

Step Show 2010 | Choreographers: Jay Jones, Kim Louis, Loren Parks, Jahnea Smalls, Lashonda Wilson, Tasha Henry, Gary Beauford | Songs: “Beautiful Dirty Rich” by Lady Gaga, “Rude Boy” by Rihanna, “Turnt” by New Boyz, “Let Me See That Booty” by The Dream, “Black and Gold” by Sam Sparro, “Telephone” by Lady Gaga ft. Beyonce, “Sweet Dreams” by Beyonce, “90210” by Wale, “Funky Fresh Dressed” by Missy Elliot ft. Ms. Jade, “Took the Night” by Chelley | Performed by: Urbanknowlogy 101

Oh my goodness, AHH it’s kind of embarrassing to see how I danced last year.  I’m watching myself, and I’m yelling at the screen, “Stop being so stiff!  Fix your back!” haha but seriously it’s so cool to see dancers improve, because that’s one of the most important things about being an artist.  I feel like there is no such thing as a perfect dancer because you can always find someone better to learn from or work on a style that you’re not used to.  Over the summer, I would like to work on popping and locking (which I might have a chance of doing overseas YAY I’m so excited – that’ll be explained in another post) and look almost as awesome as Manny (who’s also now in Culture Shock!).  Yep, that would be quite nice.

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