Dancing with the Eagles 2: Popular Artists

Kelsey Krupicka/Correspondent

This past Friday, ten organizations around campus competed for the title of Dancing with the Eagles Champions. These groups performed routines to songs made famous by popular artists. Artists like Michael Jackson, LMFAO, Brittney Spears, Rihanna, and Pentatonix. The performances were judged on crowd appeal, technique, group execution, and creativity.

With a perfect score, Alpha Omicron Alpha and their pro, Kiristan Waters took home first place showcasing the many different styles of Taylor Swift. Needless to say, they have a big reputation for next year’s competition! Coming in second place was FIJI and their pro, Bailey Porter putting on their poker face with a mashup of Lady Gaga songs. Two teams tied for third place: Delta Chi and their pro, Alexis Rose, as well as Parkour Club and their pro, Skye Colonna. Delta Chi performed a flawless routine to a mix of Beyoncé songs. We turned up the music with Parkour Club’s performance of Chris Brown’s hits as well!

The audience members also played a part in the show by voting for their favorite routine. Congratulations goes out to Sigma Chi and their pro, Amy Burch, for their Fergalicious routine to songs by Fergie. All the time they come around, their brothers gather ‘round. Always looking at them up and down looking at their…. audience choice medals. Other organizations who participated in the event were the Riddle Players and their pro, Zach Sydnor, Sigma Sigma Rho, and their pro, Alyssa Lang, Delta Upsilon and their pro, Paris Wyatt, Acabellas and their pro, Holly Scammon, as well as Theta Phi Alpha and their pro, Kelsey Krupicka.

There were also two historical performances of the evening. Both of the newly founded Dancing Eagles Competition Teams took the stage for the first time. The jazz team performed a routine to Bishop Briggs, “River.” The hip-hop team started the second act with an upbeat routine to “That’s Right” by Ciara ft. Lil John. Both competition teams will be competing in the Sunshine State Classic at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida on Jan. 27th. The Embry-Riddle Dancing Eagles need you to show your support at the competition because audience appeal is factored into the final score. If the competition teams score high enough at the Sunshine State Classic, they will be qualified for the Collegiate Nationals Competition in April 2019!

Special appreciation goes out to Touch N Go, the Waters family, Ryan Welsh, Jonpaul Talmadge, Nathan Monterio, all the ERDE members, and our panel of judges: Hafiy Hadi, Naia Butler-Craig, Dean Lisa Kollar, and Professor Katie Esguerra.


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