Poize Hip Hop Dance Team hosts annual showcase

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Hip-hop music, dance routines and prizes were all present in the Student Union this week when the Poize Hip Hop Dance Team hosted its third annual showcase in Forum Hall on Wednesday.

“The energy from my team and the audience put together made the atmosphere unbelievable,” said Mikayla Abernathy, president of Poize and sophomore in apparel and textiles. “My team worked so hard for this moment, and it truly showed. Everyone got to express themselves as loud and creatively as they could. It honestly was phenomenal.”

Each year, the showcase has a theme. This year’s 1990s-inspired theme gave the showcase its name: Poize’s House Party.

“I thought it was a great experience,” said Jamie Hoffman, show attendee and sophomore in apparel and textiles. “The energy was the highest I’ve ever experienced. I felt like everyone was genuinely feeling the music and happy. The dancers were so talented and beautiful, and they were definitely meant for it.”

Poize’s dancers performed to a variety of songs from the 1990s and 2000s joined together in upbeat mixes in front of a lively audience.

Dara El-Shaarawi, multicultural coach for the Union Program Council and junior in psychology, sponsored the showcase.

“It is so much fun to work with Poize leading up to the show and helping them create the stage theme,” El-Shaarawi said. “I love seeing their progress and then seeing it come to life on stage.”

The stage was decorated with iconic ’90s objects. Audience members were encouraged to wear 1990s-style outfits to participate in a contest. The event also featured numerous raffles.

According to a K-State Today announcement, Poize’s mission is to “promote diversity through dance,” encouraging its members to show individuality and confidence, onstage and off.

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