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Black Student Movement Official Newspaper
Vol. 17, No. 5.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
November 10, 1983
Peace. Opeyo. Dance: "An expres
sion of emotion — a means of com
munication to any and everyone.
Dance can be love, joy or sorrow. It
is an art. It is an attempt to create
and to define an aesthetic ex
perience—an expression of one's
inner-self/' explains Vickie Sparrow,
director of the Opeyo Dancers.
On Friday, November 4, in their
Annual Fall Invitational, the Opeyo
Dancers put their definition of
dance into motion. Each routine
shed new light on the essence of
dance. Their "warm-up" indicated
that the night would be filled with
many satisfying and unexpected sur
prises. Their routine to "Roof
Garden," choregraphed by Pam
Phifer, was such a surprise. Each
dancer had his nr her own part to
play in a physical interpretation of
the words and music.
The Opeyo's third performance to
"Rainbow," choreographed by Kim
Spauding, was definitive. The words
of the song — "When you see color,
I see a rainbow" — indicates the
diversity of the dancers' thoughts
"Arcade Funk," a routine
choreographed by James Dempson
and Sharon Parks, gave the audience
a shock. Between the "yeahs" and
the "wows", the "oohs" and the
"ahhs", the audience sat glued to
their seats for fear of missing any of
the excitment of this routine.
Other dance troupes performing
were those from North Carolina Cen
tral University and the University of
North Carolina-Creensboro. Each of
these troupes performed with an ex
ceptional style and poise.