Dance off with hip hop roots successful
By Nancy Maingi
|Photo by Glory Attaochu
Sharisha, “Red,” Fuller, left, faces off with sophomore Jalena Shaw, who later won the dance off competition.
The African Student Organization hosted its first annual Freestyle/Dance off competition on Nov. 14 at the University Center for an audience of more than 200 people.
Tickets were $3 at the door, $2 if you had a flyer with you and $1 if you had the flyer and could name the capital of an African country.
The contestants consisted of seven UNCP students and one student from Saint-Andrews Presbyterian College.
Competing in the dance off were Elisha Lawson, Jelena Shaw, Ferguson Maduako and Sharisha “Red” Fuller.
Competing in the Freestyle battle were Tim Powe, SGA Vice President Barry Burch, Kingsley Okike and Antoine Bruntson.
The competition was held as a tournament that had three rounds for each category.
Winner for the dance off competition was sophomore Jelena Shaw, while winner for the freestyle battle was Tim Powe.
There was also a special performance by Pembroke Idol’s winner Ferguson Madoako.
|Photo by Glory Attaochu
Sharisha Fuller,left, and Jelena Shaw battle it out on the dance floor as the audience watched.
The competition allowed students to showcase their talents and ability to dance or battle on the spot. Winners received a $25 gift card to Wal-Mart.
This was the first freestyle/dance off competition hosted by ASO; however, event coordinator Kenneth Ngwu and President Yetunde Akindahunsi said that it is something that ASO will definitely host again soon.
“We hope to do it much bigger and much more organized next time, it would be nice if we could raise money for a good cause,” said Ngwu.
President Akindahunsi agreed that the next competition 10 percent of the proceeds could go to AIDS awareness in Africa.
Host Tiphany Taylor was impressed with the competition.
“I didn’t know it was going to be such a success. It was something different and the audience loved it,” Taylor said.
ASO plans events that are entertaining, but at the same time educating the audience about Africa and its many cultures.
It is a concept that Taylor noted jokingly as “edutaining the people.”
The audience and students raved about the event after it ended.
“It was worth a lot more than what I paid for…this is the first freestyle battle that I’ve ever attended and I don’t imagine it gets any better,” said Sara Sherwood, a student from Saint-Andrews.
The event raised over $400.