Last night, the University Activities Board put on this year’s edition of “Do You Think You Can Dance?” The event drew a big crowd as many students, faculty, friends and family packed into Beach-Schmidt Auditorium.
The event was eventually won by Calvin Nguyen, who, as the final competitor, was able to keep the audience’s eyes on him with his unique style of dance. He used a style of dance called “popping,” which was different than the rest of his competitors.
One of the judges pointed out how the crowd was cheering throughout the entire dance, and everyone seemed to enjoy his performance. He was rewarded with the first place prize of $200.
Vernon King, Jr. acted as the master of ceremonies for the night. The competition was also graced with three judges who thankfully took their jobs seriously and kept the spirit of the competition alive.
Alyssa Dechant from Styles Dance Centre; Megan Howell, Hays High School Dance Coach and Joey Linn, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs & Director of the Office of the Registrar, participated as the judges for the evening, and their advice was appreciated by all the competitors.
Courtney Custer and Haley Pfeifer started the evening out with an aerial display full of flips, cartwheels and other technical dance moves. The girls were supposed to be followed by Gustavo Reyes and Maria Solis but Reyes unfortunately broke his ankle earlier in the day and was unable to compete. Instead, Victor E. Tiger took the stage and showed his range by dancing to many different genres of music.
Victor was followed by Sarah Siemers, a member of the Tiger Debs dance team who has been dancing for 11 years. Sarah showed her flexibility and background in dance by moving beautifully across the stage. She was able to use the entire stage with her movements and earned herself second place.
In between the first and second rounds, members of the audience volunteered to entertain the rest of the crowd by freestyle dancing to a random selection of music. This was the audience’s favorite part of the night.
King and Kristi Banks also put on an entertaining routine while the judges tallied up the scores.