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Reigning champions dethroned in KU’s Best Dance Crew competition

The fourth annual KU's Best Dance Crew competition was held Wednesday. Four teams competed in front of friends and fans for the title and $500 prize.

April 14, 2011

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Phen Van, of Kansas City, Kan., performs with the group K.I.O.S. Wednesday during the Student Union Activities event KU’s Best Dance crew at the Kansas Union Ballroom. Four groups vied for $500 in cash.

Phen Van, of Kansas City, Kan., performs with the group K.I.O.S. Wednesday during the Student Union Activities event KU’s Best Dance crew at the Kansas Union Ballroom. Four groups vied for $500 in cash.

Coordinators were impressed with the number of people who turned out to watch dancers perform for SUA’s Best Dance Crew competition on Wednesday at the Kansas Union Ballroom.

Coordinators were impressed with the number of people who turned out to watch dancers perform for SUA’s Best Dance Crew competition on Wednesday at the Kansas Union Ballroom.

There was a mix of culture, moves, music and personality Wednesday night as Kansas University students took to the floor for the fourth annual KU’s Best Dance Crew competition.

Student Union Activities, the sponsoring organization, put on the event in the Kansas Union Ballroom, which was half full by the time the first crew walked out on the stage.

“The turnout is better than last year,” event coordinator Sara Miller said. “I watched rehearsals, so I got to see how exciting it’s going to be. It was good.”

Four groups registered to compete, and each brought something unique to the event.

Unity, a crew consisting of only women, showcased smooth, planned choreography. The three men who comprised K.I.O.S. drew applause from the crowd with their popping, tutting and breakdancing. Defending champions Jeeva and newcomers Naachformers each delivered a fusion of different styles during their performances.

When all was said and done, only one group could walk away with the title of KU’s Best Dance Crew, which included a $500 prize.

The audience picked the winner by standing under the crews’ signs, which hung in designated corners of the ballroom. After two crews were eliminated and the dejected chose the best of the finalists, Naachformers were crowned the winners. It was a surprise dethroning considering the crew had only been practicing for a week.

“We are ecstatic,” Mahmood Khan said after the results were announced. “It was just crazy.”

Khan will get to go out on top, as the KU senior is set to graduate in May. Crew member and KU junior Arooj Khan admitted she was nervous, but said she looks forward to the opportunity to defend the title going forward.

“It was an amazing experience,” she said amid congratulations from friends. “I’m definitely doing this next year.”

Comments

Lawrence Morgan 3 years, 8 months ago

Why didn't the Journal World do a movie of this event and post it on the web site ???? This is typical of the Journal World-it doesn't do movies on this and many other things in Lawrence that would be of interest to a wide variety of people throughout the world! I don't know if it is a failure to understand what is newsworthy, but there is a major problem somewhere. The Journal World is an important newspaper. It needs more to be in the digital age, as well. Lawrence

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