TU Dance Vibes offers a groovy opportunity for students to get their bodies moving.
Every Sunday night, a group of about 20 students come together to learn hip-hop dances to some of today’s hottest hits.
Sophomores Ryan Lopez and Matty Sakeuh both embraced the culture of TU Dance Vibes during their freshman year. There, they met and said they saw that they both had moves. As they continued to attend and connected with graduating choreographers, they poured more into TU Dance Vibes. They now choreograph and teach many of the club’s sessions.
One of their standout performances was last year at Silent Night. They came out with a “ridiculously hype” dance routine that had the stands roaring. Although there is no confirmation that TU Dance Vibes will be making another debut performance, they are always making plans for cool and new dances.
In addition to learning a new dance, TU Dance Vibes is a fantastic way for someone to get to know others from outside their normal circle.
“If you’re looking for a man with moves, go to TU Dance Vibes,” sophomore Courtney Masters said.
The night offers a fun and energetic escape that allows participants to express themselves. Masters and sophomore Kirsten Norman said it is a great opportunity to be around talented dancers, but there is no pressure to have experience; the TU Dance Vibes choreographers welcome inexperienced dancers and are eager to teach.
Norman spoke to how everyone hypes each other up and the environment is nothing but encouraging.
“If there was a dance move too hard, they would help show an easier way . . . I think I was smiling the whole time,” Norman said.
For Sakeuh, leading dances with energy and friendliness feels natural. Outside of dancing, he runs track and field, studies public relations and is always walking around campus with a friendly smile and positive attitude.
Sakeukh’s favorite song to dance to is “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X.
“With whatever spare time I have left, I love to dance,” Sakeuh’s said.
Lopez studies under the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) and studies business management and marketing. His hard-working, service-minded attitude is displayed in his participation with TU Dance Vibes, which he has continually invested more into. Lopez actually choreographed his first TU Dance Vibes class on his own on Sept. 8. He taught the group “Hot Shower” by Chance the Rapper.
TU Dance Vibes meets from 8–9:30 p.m. every Sunday in the KSAC dance room. This Sunday, Sept. 22, TU Dance Vibes will be dancing to “Truth Hurts” by Lizzo. For dance videos and information about upcoming songs, follow @official_tudancevibes on Instagram.
Everyone is welcome and no prior experience is necessary.
“We don’t want anybody to be worried or intimidated,” Lopez said. “There are so many people that are dancers that come and it’s just for the fun aspect – something to take your mind of classes and have fun.”