By Jireh Maddox
Balloons, a clip of the popular 1996 movie “Space Jam”, Ring Pops and soda in the back greeted me as I entered the second floor of the Student Center. The mood was playful and fun. The dance floor was open and bare as I was unfashionably early.
The Throwback Jamz Party, held on April 14, was the second annual dance thrown by the Black Student Association (BSA). The previous dance party took place at the Savannah River Club and featured entertainment names like “Full Force” from the popular 1990s film “House Party.” Needless to say, expectations were high.
I set out to talk to BSA president Edward Dorsey about the theme, performances and more importantly, where the club is looking to go next.
“I really wanted to create a sense of nostalgia,” Dorsey said as a clip of “Ghostbusters” played. “I wanted people to come and have five hours of youth.”
With old school songs like “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan, clips from shows like “All That,” a wacky song/dance contest, and retro clothes (someone was even sporting a Flava Flav clock), one could definitely say that the BSA set the mood well.
In addition to the other festivities, the fairly new Expressions Dance Club performed for the crowd a blend of Latin dance, hip-hop and African dance. BSA officer and dancer of 15 years, Jordan Brown, informed me that the Expressions Dance Club dances in many styles from Hip Hop and lyrical dance to the more traditional dances such as ballet, salsa and jazz. Their performance at Throwback Jamz was the club’s third event.
When asked about the dance party being sponsored by the BSA, Sheldon French, a third year animation major responded, “They shouldn’t see it as only an organization for black people…It’s a way for everyone to get together.” Ray Parker, a third year graphic design major agreed and spoke of last year’s integration.
If you would like to learn more about BSA, meetings are every Friday in Crites Hall at 4 p.m.
Contact Jireh Maddox.