By Asia A. Black
Lincoln University’s very own Onyx Dance Troupe took home a first place trophy from a dance competition in Philadelphia.
“As much as people love the normal or typical, they always admire the variant. We brought something different to the table,” said Gory Nani, one of Onyx’s choreographers.
The competition, the Bow Down Hip-Hop Dance Competition, was presented by The Dance Champions. It took place on January 26 at The Let Out on Cecil B Moore Ave.
Four dance teams from surrounding areas competed that day. In addition to Onyx, competitors included the HD Dance Crew, Premonition and the True Dance Crew.
Each team had to build its choreography around the theme of British or Egyptian royalty.
“We tried to use songs to incorporate the royalty theme, as well as different dance styles,” said Miriam Boyd, one of Onyx’s choreographers.
Onyx started working on the winning choreography upon arriving back to campus after winter break. The choreographers for the dance troupe are Raheem Ali, Boyd, and Nnani
The dance troupe endured very late practices everyday in order to perfect every move. Not only was it a lot of stress, apparently they also had a lot to prove to the campus and anyone else.
“We haven’t won a trophy since our freshman year, and people always doubted us,” said Nnani.
Onyx will be advancing to the second part of the competition in May for a chance to win $1,000.
“We can look forward to more hard work and long nights, I know I personally don’t like to put out anything less than perfection,” said Boyd.