College to hold dancing competition

Northwestern College will present a first-time event entitled “Northwestern’s Best Dance Crew,” based off of the hit MTV reality show “America’s Best Dance Crew.” Six campus dance teams will compete for the title on Friday, April 23, at 10 p.m. at the Bultman Center. Admission is $2, and the public is invited to attend.

Southern Movement, a dance troupe that performed on season four of “America’s Best Dance Crew,” will participate in Northwestern’s Best Dance Crew (NBDC). Five members of Southern Movement will perform, serve as judges, and host a meet-and-greet. Southern Movement is a group from Nashville, Tenn., that combines hard-hitting hip-hop choreography with country line dancing. The urban cowboy group categorizes its style as “Hick-Hop.”

 “We are very excited about the opportunity to have Southern Movement on our campus,” says Lori Couch, director of student activities. “They will host a dance clinic for the NBDC dancers and perform a couple dances at the show that night.”

Six teams from Northwestern College will each perform a dance under three-and-a-half minutes. Each team has one or two captains who are in charge of representation and choreography. Kristin Kooima, Alex Menning, Lee Stover and Martin Beeler represent the four single captains, while Aaron Appel and Blake Norris, and Jill Black and Amanda Hulstein tag-team their leadership efforts.

A judging panel, comprised of Southern Movement and select Northwestern staff members, will choose the top three dance crews.  Those crews will perform a second dance under two minutes. After the three teams perform the second round, there will be a live text vote for the audience to determine the winner and the title of NBDC.