Fall 2007 Videos

FALL 2007:

VPAC “Spotlight” Show:
Date: Thursday, August 30, 2007 @ 7PM in The Blair School of Music in Ingram Auditorium
Video of VIBE’s VPAC “Spotlight” Performance:


The VPAC “Spotlight” show is put on by the Vanderbilt Performing Arts Council (VPAC), which is an student organization that creates an environment for the leaders of student performing arts groups to share ideas, form new collaborations, and have a unified voice in expressing views and concerns about the performing arts on Vanderbilt’s campus. The purpose of the show “Spotlight” show is have a show where Vanderbilt students, particularly the incoming freshman students, may seem all of the Vanderbilt performing arts groups together on one stage. This event affords Vanderbilt students an opportunity to also meet members of the performance groups after the show. It is included in Vanderbilt’s VUcept program, which seeks to create a steady transition for freshman students into the Vanderbilt community. VIBE was invited to perform since we are on the VPACouncil, to spread the love of hip-hop culture and dance, and performed in order to advertise ourselves to other students prior to our upcoming auditions.
Stompfest:
Date: Thursday, October 11, 2007 @ 7PM in Memorial Gymnasium

Video of VIBE’s Performance at Stompfest:

Stompfest is an event sponsored by the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), which is  the national governing organization for the nine largest historically African American, intercollegiate Greek lettered fraternities and sororities in the United States, including: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (1906); Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (1908); Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (1911); Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (1911); Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (1913); Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (1914); Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. (1920); Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. (1922); and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. (1963). As part of their community service, Vanderbilt’s NPHC fraternities and sororities share an African American Greek art called “stepping”—which is a complex performance involving synchronized percussive movement, singing, speaking, chanting, and drama. In fact, it can be traced to cultural African dance traditions, specifically one called the “Gumboot Dance”. With a focus on precise foot movements and hand-clapping, gumboots used dance as a means of strategic communication. However, in the U.S., stepping can be traced as far back as the 1920’s and has evolved as a format of choice for NPHC organizations to display pride and is reproduced today in many African-American churches, schools, community groups, fraternities, and sororities, as well as Latino, Asian-American, and multicultural Greek-letter organizations—with the IFC and Panhellenic organizations (the historically white fraternities and sororities). The show is a performance by the IFC and Panhellenic organizations of “stepping” that their NPHC coaches have taught them. All members of our Greek community use Stompfest as an opportunity to show the unity that exists among Greeks on our campus and what is equally important is that the winning team has all of its winnings contributed to a philanthropy organization of its choice. So not only do Greeks get to participate in a fun activity, but they also get to give back to the community as well. VIBE is invited to perform as the hip-hop dance company at Vanderbilt, since hip-hop culture and dance serve as yet another connector between diverse groups of people and were invited in order to spread the love of hip-hop culture and dance, and to provide entertainment while the judges calculate who won the competition. VIBE performed in order to energize the crowd, demonstrate our appreciation for the very challenging art of “stepping,” and show our support for all Greek student organizations on Vanderbilt’s campus.
1st Annual VIBE Show: “Hip Hop: The Common Denominator”
Date: Friday, November 30, 2007 @ 7PM in Sarratt Cinema and Sunday, December 2, 2007 @ 7PM in the Vanderbilt Student Life Center

Plenty more videos still to come…

Just VIBE-in’: The VIBE Show Intro.

Choreographed by: Abby Mintz & Shana Berkeley

Hyphy

Choreographed by: Michelle Kim, Daphne Li, and Alex Quintero

Rain

Choreographed by: Isaac Lias (guest choreographer), assisted by Arnetta Bell

Sabrina’s Hip Hop Dream

Choreographed by: Lauren Gardner and Michelle Kim

Worth Leaving?

Choreographed by: Danny Neelon and Alison Wilhelm

Zombie

Choreographed by: Lauren Gardner

VIBE typically performs at the on-campus events in order to pump-up the crowd with energizing routines, and also at the Vanderbilt Dance Program concerts, but as of late, the Vanderbilt Dance Program is requiring an audition of pieces from student groups prior to admittance into the show, and also strongly encourages a close work relationship with the staff of choreographers of the Vanderbilt Dance Program in order to produce a more acceptable dance piece in terms of a final product. Last year in the Spring, VIBE auditioned three pieces, and two were accepted. The same process occurred this year, and in order to ensure VIBE a performance opportunity where we may demonstrate the diverse styles of hip-hop dance we are capable of performing, including elements of the three major dance worlds: cultural dance, classical dance (contemporary/modern, lyrical, jazz), and commercial dance. VIBE prides itself on permitting all members the opportunity to choreograph dance routines, and having a VIBE show, all of our own, is the only way to provide the members with the opportunity to choreograph whole pieces, and in those pieces embrace their other dance knowledge and demonstrate their skills to produce truly remarkable, and unique pieces in terms of their story, mood, and purpose. With this show we were able to show Vanderbilt the many faces of hip-hop, and also actively show that hip-hop can be as emotional, evocative, and speak to particular issues, just like classical dance, and any other celebrates art form. VIBE chose to invite Vanderbilt Spoken Word to host the show and serve as emcees, in addition to sharing their art of Spoken Word, which can be better understood as hip-hop poetry. Through this collaboration we have fostered strong ties and relations between the groups, and together have formed a hip-hop alliance on Vanderbilt’s campus. The show was a great success and made it possible for VIBE to share the history of hip-hop culture, love of hip-hop, and knowledge of hip-hop dance with the Vanderbilt community.

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