S.H.A.D.E.S hosts night of dancing

Robert Ballard

It was a night of music, dancing and even a little martial arts mixed in.

The dance was put on by the S.H.A.D.E.S (Students. Helping. And. Advocating. Diversity. Education) organization. It took place on Monday, Nov. 6 at 5 p.m., and was in Alumni Hall.

It started off with Irish step dancing featuring Tricia Meegan.

Meegan had been doing Irish step dancing competition since the time she was six years old. Due to an ankle injury, it was the first time she had done this type of dancing in a year.

Darryl Nurse brought the crowd into it with rhythm and clapping.

“I wanted to help out with diversity education, and something people don’t usually see,” Nurse said.

There was a blend of cultures as dance partners at the event.

Andrew Videira and Stephanie Gonzalez performed to meringue and salsa music. Though they had not known each other that long, the culture and dance blended nicely and gave the illusion that they were lifelong partners.

However, Videira had been no stranger to dancing; he has done professional dancing in the past. His credits include the nationally recognized V.M.A awards.

“I want to spread diversity to all the campus,” Videira said.

Taylor Mechlinsk demonstrated some martial arts training and showed how it could be used in dance moves.

The audience was introduced to many different types of moves, including the “Tornado kick.”

David Scott showed his love of breakdancing, which he has been interested in for four years. He talked a little first about how it shows the influence of urban culture, and how he believes breakdancing was the beginning of what is rap music today.

The breakdancing number was done to rap music, specifically to Busta Rhymes’ ‘What It Is Right Now (Remix).’

“I didn’t rehearse for it that often,” Scott said. “I’ve been practicing consistently for four years.”

Mike Radparvar, who attended the event, has been a member of the S.H.A.D.E.S organization since its inception.

“Shades compliments the QU community,” Radparvar said. “Its goal is to help students celebrate cultural diversity on campus.”

The dance event welcomed students of all types.

Kate McDonald is not a member of S.H.A.D.E.S, however she attended the event because she felt it would provide a source of relaxation for her.

“It’s a fun, interactive way to relieve the stress of studying.”

S.H.A.D.E.S meetings are held on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. in SC 213