Last Saturday night, hundreds of students rolled out to the Sigma Nu lawn for Snowchella, the yearly benefit concert that brought to campus three impressive acts: psychedelic rock band Cuckoo Chaos, disco-house producer Shook and music industry boss Salva.
Hannah did not always have her heart set on dance. When she arrived at Stanford, she had been a cross-country runner for thirteen years and only took up dance classes as a means of staying fit.
Social Dance 1, one of Stanford’s most popular introductory dance classes, was forced to reopen its doors this fall after reaching full capacity to correct a gender imbalance of 17 more males than females.
The music world has been generous this summer as more and more artists have turned to free releases. Mixtape culture, previously a rap phenomenon, has expanded to include a variety of genres that can use online releases to establish new artists or please old fans. Here are some of the summer’s most interesting happenings in rap, hip-hop, dance and dubstep.
When I first meet the Chocolate Heads crew they’re backstage, buzzing with laughter as they do their pre-show warm-ups. They carry that energy onto the stage as they flutter out the door and into the spacious Roble Dance Studio.
Four lawyers stand still in an office hallway surrounded by elevators. Dressed in typical business attire, the men’s backs are to each other, and they don’t say a word. The lawyer on the left makes the first movement, reaching over to slap his shoulder. The rest follow in a series of gestures and expressions as they bend, stretch, point and shout. What appeared to be a normal scene of lawyers in suits is transformed into a dance.
It all started with a fire. Well, it wasn’t exactly a fire, although the heat of an inferno would have been nice as a group of at least 100 stood expectantly outside of Paul Brest Hall in the brisk autumn night. They were waiting for the final part of IDX (Identity Xpression), a two-day event jointly hosted by Lambda Phi Epsilon and the Residential Arts Program intended to promote awareness of and engender an appreciation for the diversity on the Stanford campus.
David Spencer Nelson’s column on why contemporary art turns him off is a bracing and personal call to all of us in arts practice and arts education (The Mixed Messages of Modernism: Empty museums: an explanation, Oct. 28). Let’s rise to the challenges he articulates.