Airbands 2010: It’s A Jersey Thing

Every fall the sorority of Gamma Phi Beta hosts an event called “Airbands.” In its early years, the event was purely a lip-syncing competition where the greek houses competed against each other. Over the years it grew far beyond that. Now, it’s a full-out, dance-driven, two-night, sold out show. Greek houses and other organizations on campus put on performances of great music, dancing, and costuming. The event actually grew beyond that at one point and started to resemble a spring event called “Skit Night,” but I’ll get around to that event later.

In 2010 the MTV show, “The Jersey Shore” was at its peek of popularity with its cast of crazy, drunk, anything-goes group of “guidos” and “guidettes.” Being a New Jersey native, now living in Southern California, I thought it would be really fun to use the show as the theme of our Airbands performance.

The theme was a great fit for my chapter, Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI), and the sorority we paired up with, Delta Gamma. We all got done up in bronzer, sprayed our hair black, spiked it, styled it, and threw on our bedazzled wife-beaters. The performance was in short, a 4-minute long house party. It was a great time for everyone.

We also made a last-minute decision to have tanks made to celebrate the performance, so I whipped these up and had them made after the event.

About the Process

Preparing for the show I chose some really fun and well-known songs from the Jersey Shore soundtrack. I wanted the show to feel like a night out at the club with DJ Pauly D. So, I cut the music down to the specific parts that I wanted, and then to give it a more professional touch, I passed it along to one of the brothers that was a DJ, who later added in DJ-esque transitions and sound effects.

My partner in crime and close friend, Jessica Quirk, headed this project with me and together we whipped our chapters into performers. Choreographing for these sorts of events is always tricky, you have to remind yourself that 95% of the group is in no way, shape, or form, “dancers,” so the choreography has to be realistic for them, but it must also still be creative and interesting.

Overall I was incredibly pleased with how it all turned out. I might be a little biased, but I have to say we had the sickest soundtrack of the night. You can’t beat a 4-minute house party on stage!

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