Suffolk University’s: “Dancing with the Stahs!”

In my previous post (one you should definitely check out if you haven’t yet!), I wrote about Suffolk University and its placing emphasis on dance’s ability to promote diversity. Turns out the University has (since last year) been placing emphasis on dance’s ability to not only bring awareness to serious issues plaguing our community, but on dance’s ability to lend a helping hand to organizations that are dedicated to reducing these issues. On March 3, dozens of people gathered in Suffolk’s C. Walsh Theater for “Dancing with the Stahs,” a competitive yet friendly Bostonian parody of the popular Dancing with the Stars television series. Pairs made up of staff members, grad, and undergrad students (one consisting of longtime lovers who performed a tear jerking waltz to Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud), bounced and jived to selections ranging from hip-hop, to pop, to Traditional Swiss Folklore; these contestants competed for a fraction of the cash raised at the event to be donated to a non-profit organization of their choice. A few organizations chosen were the American Diabetes Association, the Make a Wish Foundation, and Boston’s Children Hospital.
When I asked Competitor Phyliss St-Hubert, a Suffolk University Senior majoring in Government and minoring in Black Studies, what encouraged her to participate she responded: “I think it’s a great way for students to build a non professional relationship with staff members. Also the money raised goes to charity so why not do it for a great cause?”
The program proved to be true to its name, following a very Dancing with the Stars-esque approach, with there being behind the scenes video footage of each pair struggling to get their moves right during rehearsal. Much to the student body’s surprise, Suffolk University’s president, President Margaret A. Mackenna (who teamed up with Sean Walsh, Suffolk’s student Body President), sashayed onto the stage in a black moto jacket to show everyone how it’s done! There were several other appearances, including a large yellow chick, and a Taylor Swift impersonator who was so amped into the routine that he ripped his leather pants. The winners were decided via text message, when audience members were encouraged to send in the number that correlated with their favorite pair.
Several of Suffolk’s other performing arts groups also showed up and showed out, including: Suffolk University’s Step Team, Pasión Latina (Suffolk’s only Latin performing arts dance group), and Trxbe Suffolk’s African Hip Hop dance team.

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