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Winter Ebony Heats It Up

February 5, 2009 at 1:36 pm
By Claire Weinberg

The Ebony II winter performance alternated between silly and steamy.

Sayles was truly packed, with students standing on chairs and tables and sitting on the trash cans by the snack bar. The choreographers had to tell everyone sitting on the floor at the front of the audience to "say hello to the person behind" them, because they would have to squish up against their knees to keep from being stepped on by the dancers. Nevertheless, or perhaps because of the crowd, there was a palpable excitement in the air.

The show opened with a number set to "Now or Never" from High School Musical 3 (choreographed by Lingerr Senghor '11 and Broderick Dressen '09). The dancers bounced around in cheerleaders' uniforms and basketball jerseys, grinning from ear to ear. Verdict: silly.

Then came a dance entitled "Women Deserve Real Men!", in which the dancers were dressed in sort of sexy-secretary costumes, and which included some truly salacious moves. Verdict: steamy.

This was immediately followed up by "Who Stole My Last Piece of Chicken?", which included a mock dance-off, and after that was an 'NSync medley including the classic "Tearin' Up My Heart". Verdict: silly.

Perhaps the ultimate culmination of the steamy/silly theme came with ManDance. Picture 25 men in short-shorts doing moves like "sex push-ups" and the classic "Ebony crawl" to Rihanna's "Shut Up And Drive". Halfway through the dance, the shirts came off, much to the amusement of the audience. Verdict: half steamy, half silly, thoroughly awesome.

The show ended with a medley of songs from the 70s, 80s and 90s, with corresponding costumes, and then later in the evening students got the chance to show off their own moves at the afterparty in Sayles – the perfect ending to a night of slightly ridiculous dance.