Slideshow: Dance-off at Memorial Hall
It was a night filled with crowd interaction and intense competition, as host Kel Mitchell's antics helped bring down the house Wednesday in a packed Memorial Hall.
But the crowd didn't just come to see Mitchell; the main attraction was the second annual "Show Us What You Got" hip-hop dance competition, which showcased the talents of four dance crews from several North Carolina universities.
The event was sponsored by the Carolina Union Activities Board's performing arts committee.
After Mitchell kicked off the night with comedic singing about an evening where his date had food stuck in her teeth, the audience participation and dance battles began.
Two teams from UNC, OPEYO! Dancers and Misconception Dance Company, joined N.C. Central University's Underground Legendz and Unanimous from UNC-Pembroke.
But perhaps the most energetic moment of the night was when Mitchell brought members of the audience on stage to have their own dance competition.
"I really enjoyed the improvisation of random dancers added to the show," said Kelly Patterson, who attended the performance. "It gave people a chance to show off things you wouldn't expect them to be able to do."
And although the night's events focused on the dance competition, Mitchell took the crowd back by delivering lines from his famous Nickelodeon characters.
"Welcome to Good Burger home of the Good Burger! Can I take your order?" Mitchell quoted from his performance in the 1997 film "Good Burger."
"I used to watch (Mitchell) on TV and always thought he was really funny. I thought it would be cool to see a well-known person from my childhood," Patterson said.
Mitchell rapped along with the music as a break dancing duo brought the crowd to its feet while waiting for the judges' announcement of the winning teams.
"We're about to do this like 'American Idol.' We're going to make it dramatic," Mitchell said.
And slowly, as characteristic of the popular TV show, Mitchell pronounced Underground Legendz the winners of a $500 first prize.
The Underground Legendz's performance brought the crowd to its feet with a ninja fighting dance, which opened with the theme song to "SpongeBob SquarePants."
"They did their thing," Mitchell said after Underground Legendz's performance. "They have sound effects and what not," he said, proceeding to imitate robot noises used in the number.
UNC's Misconception Dance Company brought a theatrical dance to the stage, beginning its set with a young girl reading a bedtime story about the best hip-hop dance team in the world.
Misconception Dance Company's dramatic choreography landed them second place in the competition. Their UNC companions and defending champion, the OPEYO! Dancers, came in fourth.
Clad in pastel-colored shirts and shorts, OPEYO! put on an angelic performance featuring songs such as Rihanna's "Don't Stop the Music."
At the conclusion of the evening, the newly crowned Underground Legendz jumped across the stage in happiness, clutching their trophy.
Joining hands together, they declared their dominance until next year, chanting "U! L!"
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