Sorority, freshmen collaborate for charity

Tomorrow, Famuans can see fellow Rattlers perform everything from hip-hop renditions to interpretive dance. Even better, the entire event is in the name of charity.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the freshman class are sponsoring Dance Off 2K3 to support the Walter T. Moore Elementary School arts program. Tickets are $3.

Crystal Moore, a freshman MBA student from Tallahassee, suggested the W.T. Moore Elementary School as the event’s recipient. “As a child, I attended the school and understood their need for the money. This also gives the community surrounding the elementary school the chance to see what FAMU is doing for the public.”

Dance Off 2K3 gives students an opportunity for charity and a sample of the talent these organizations have.

“All the dance troupes on campus were invited to participate in the competition, and with the money we earn from the ticket sales, we will donate the entire profit to the Walter T. Moore arts program,” said Arian Reed, a member of Delta Sigma Theta and coordinator of the event.

Takeisha Pitts, the arts and letters committee chair for the Deltas, will host the competition beside freshman class Secretary Tony Colston. Dance troupes Boyz of Poison, Girlz of Poison, Kollage, Divas, Essence, Mahogany, Orchesis, Strikers, and Venom will compete for the $500 prize. Tickets will sell from Jan. 15-16 on the Set.

Gretchen Scott, administrative assistant for W.T. Moore, said she is ecstatic about the fundraiser.

“We need the money badly. The teachers use their money to purchase …supplies. The donation can off-set those costs,” Scott said.

Romain Brissett, president of Boyz of Poison, said the competition should be a great show for the audience.

“Every dance troupe has a different style, so the audience will see a wide range of talent. It wouldn’t be a good show if everyone did the same thing,” Brissett said.