Students applying makeup and practicing choreography filled the seating area outside the Great Hall of the Student Union on Sunday afternoon. As audience members arrived, the dancers hugged family and friends who had come to watch them perform in Kamikazi’s23rd annual Spring Showcase. The lineup also featured performances from Rhythm Corps and Moonlight Hip Hop Dance Crew.
Grace Bryant, who dances with Kamikazi and serves on their executive board, said they practice three times weekly for two or three hours at a time.
“It seems like a lot, but it’s a lot of fun, so it doesn’t make it feel like that much,” Bryant said.
Kamikazi, named after a Japanese word meaning “divine wind,” is UNC’s first coed hip-hop group. They also incorporate other styles, such as urban dance and contemporary, into their routines.
When choreographing their two themed sets, Kamikazi’s executive board chose the theme for their first and polled the team for their second. Since the group is student-led, members submit choreography ideas. The first set was titled "Missy," the second was "Issa Party."