Step It Up 2018 round up

Claudine Noppe

On Saturday 5 May, the finals of the Stuku-organized res event Step It Up were held at the Amphitheatre on Hatfield campus. Step It Up replaced Serrie, with residences combining to sing and dance, choreographing a 10-minute themed performance. This year the prelims took place on the Hatfield Campus in four venues, over two days. After these prelims, the top five women’s residences and the top four men’s residences went through to the finals. The overall winners of the night, Asterhof, captivated the crowd from the beginning. Their powerful and unique performance won them three titles at the Step It Up finals, including best ladies theme. The ladies had a punny “Asternauts” theme which was upheld by their vibrant costumes and song choices. The energetic and well-choreographed performance made the Asterhof ladies a crowd favourite, and secured them a win. First place for a male performance went to Taaibos, a Hillcrest campus res. They kicked off their “Around the world” themed performance with a humorous monologue by an airplane pilot.

Overall, their performance was funny and synchronized. Magrietjie and Mopanie took home second place for their “The affair” and “The forgotten lives of Disney princes” themed performances respectively. Magrietjie stunned the crowd with their fast-paced routine, and their strobe lit "Look what you made me do" rendition. 2016 Serrie winners, Mopanie, sadly could not defend their title, even though they moved across the stage in interesting formations and flawlessly executed lifts. The fiercely presented ladies in red, Step It Up 2018 round up Katjiepiering, took home third place with an empowering performance.

Their magnificent drummer powered expertly through Demi Lovato's "Confident", and "I want you to want me" by Cheap Trick. Boekenhout secured third place for the men's reses with their unique “Phantom of the Opera: Mzanzi tour” theme. Their energetic and enthusiastic performance was strewn with black light and strobe light sections which were well received by the crowd. A massive nod needs to be given to their amazing band who stole the spotlight more than once during Boekenhout's performance. Curlitzia, from the Prinshof campus, took to the stage first with a puppet themed performance. According to them, the theme was "relevant because the youth of today do not want to conform." The ladies from Curlitzia used ribbons as a very effective prop to signify stringed puppets breaking free. Their performances at the ladies’ prelims secured them as the prelim winners, unfortunately they could not uphold the same reputable performance at the finals. Curlitzia was followed by their medical campus male counterparts, Olympus, who went with a Maclemore inspired “Thrift Shop” theme.

The men struck a chord with the audience when they serenaded the crowd with Jessie J's "Price Tag" translated into an African language. Erika impressed with their interesting lifts and a rendition of Katy Perry's "Swish swish". The girls donned two-toned dresses which suited their “Vogue Runway Models” theme well. In the preview video of their performance, an Erika representative said that they, like many other reses, had a problem getting students to participate, and struggled with people dropping out midway through preparations.


Photo: Elmarie Kruger

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