For the past two weeks, members of BC’s favorite dance groups have been practicing their moves with representatives from some of BC’s student leadership groups. Their heavy-duty preparations will all pay off this Friday night at the fourth annual “Dancing with the Scholars” event, hosted by the Cape Verdean Student Association in collaboration with UGBC’S U.N.I.T.Y division.
“Dancing with the Scholars,” a spinoff of the popular show “Dancing with the Stars,” will take place this Friday, Nov. 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Heights Room — a change from the past location of the Rat to accommodate their continuously growing audience.
According to Emily Veiga, CVSA co-president and CSOM ’14, the mission of the CVSA is “to educate the BC community of the Cape Verdean culture and traditions through events and programs, which we also hope to strengthen the student life generally here on campus.”
Rayana Grace, Veiga’s co-president, offered insight on how Cape Verdean culture will intertwine with Friday night’s event. “This year, in order to add a more cultural element to the show, we assigned Cape Verdean songs to each group and gave them the option of incorporating it for a chance to score extra points,” said Grace, A&S ’13.
Along with the taste of Cape Verdean music, the performers will be dancing to a wide range of songs, some of which will align with the diverse genres represented by the different dance groups involved.
Performers include dancers from Masti, Fuego, Irish Dance, Dance Org, UpRising, Phaymus, Aero-K, PATU, Synergy and Hawaii Club paired with student leaders involved with UGBC, Orientation Leaders, ALC, Halftime, BC Marching Band, SAP, BC Splash, The Bostonians, Habitat, Black Student Forum and the women’s ice hockey team to name a few. That’s right, freshmen — this could be your opportunity to cheer on your OL as they light up the stage.
Both Veiga and Grace emphasized how this event has expanded over the past few years, getting bigger and better with every performance. In its first year, “Dancing with the Scholars” featured only three contestants, a number that has grown vastly and represents BC’s entire student body.
What would a “Dancing with the Stars” spinoff be without audience participation?
“The audience will also be able to vote for a “congeniality” pair during intermission, and this couple will receive a prize at the end of the show,” said Veiga.
This is not an event to miss out on, so get to the Heights Room early on Friday evening to be sure you get a seat!