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The Blue & Gray Press | June 24, 2018

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Mary Washington Step Team Hosts Exciting Winter Bash

By JAMIA JORDAN

From their swag and their beats to the rhythm in their feet, all who came out in support of UMW’s Alter Egos Winter Bash could feel the high energy and see the dedication in each passionate stepper as they performed for 250 guests.

Held in the Great Hall on Friday, Dec. 2nd, the party was hosted by DJ Incredible. Doors opened at 9 p.m., but the real party didn’t start until 11 p.m. when the Alter Egos step team performed their intricate routine.

The team performed a three-minute rhythmic piece to the songs “Dance” by Big Sean, and “Welcome to the Jungle” by Jay-Z and Kayne West.

The audience was engaged throughout the entire performance while cheering for their friends on the team as well. I even noticed a few audience members attempting some of the dance moves off to the side following the performance.

President and choreographer of the team, Michelle Gnoleba, said, “The Winter Bash turnout was awesome! A lot of people came out to party with us and DJ Incredible played the hottest tracks all night long. Thanks again, to those who came out!”

Preparations for the event started earlier in the semester when the team set a date and continued up until the day before the show with the team advertising with fliers, painting the rock and generating word of mouth buzz.

“It took a lot of work from the girls and I to throw the event, but it was definitely worth it. Our mission is to bring energy to campus and that’s what we did! Stay tuned for our next party,” said Gnoleba.

Stepping at many other events this semester, such as the Performing Arts Club’s small show, Taste of Asia, Bhangra Beat, half time at men’s basketball game’s and the Kwanzaa celebration, the team never seemed to have time to catch a breath.

Their energetic spirit is what we all need as we go into crunch time with final exams approaching next week.

However, I’m sure we will be seeing a lot more from them in the semester to come with bigger and better things. I can honestly say that this group closed the semester with a big bang.