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February 28, 2013

Arts & Entertainment


Swinging away the competition Abby Carpenter

Marley Crossland (‘15) said. “It’s a really

(‘15) said. “We’re really poor right now

go to the gym.” The dancers of Ballroom/Swing work hard to perform at the best of their ability. There are both required and optional practices, and many dancers go beyond these, devoting time outside of practices to run routines with their partners one-onone. With their big competition right around the corner, many dancers spend 10-14 hours a week practicing their routines. The Star of the North competition, the event for which dancers spend all year preparing, will take place this Saturday, March 2 in the Minneapolis, Minn. Due to expense, this is the only competition that the Ballroom/Swing club will compete in this year. “Next year we’re planning on doing a lot more competitions,” Dakota Lancour

expensive.” The lack of funding for the club is mainly due to the fact that the Ballroom/Swing

Staff Writer good way to get exercise without having to and have no money, and competitions are

In preparation for the upcoming Star of the North competition the Ballroom/ Swing competitive dance team showcased Saturday, Feb. 23. The showcase was a culmination of six months of hard work and practice, and was the club. of the club participated in the “big six”

waltz, tango and foxtrot. The dancers’ excitement and enjoyment was evident throughout the entire showcase. For many, ballroom dancing is a fun way to meet people and get exercise.

funding, there is little money to pay for competitions, and dancers are expected to pay for their uniforms themselves. (‘13) hopes to see ballroom dancing

practicing as hard as some of the organizations here, and ballroom isn’t bump’n’grind down at ‘Scoe’s. It actually does require athletic ability.” The teams that Ballroom/Swing will be competing against at the Star of the North competition are typically Division I schools like Iowa State, the University of Iowa and the University of Minnesota,

which all view dancing as a club sport. Not only does the status of “club sport” open up more opportunities for competitions, but there are also scholarships involved that are rewarded to some of the top dancers. “We’re eventually trying to get it to be at least known as a club sport, for said. “Corporations that sponsor the schools want it to be known as a sport, and for there to be an athletic purpose behind it, instead of just ‘Oh, we’re here to socialize.’” In order to be taken seriously as dancers, and to continue moving forward, team members feel it is crucial that the Ballroom/ club sport. In the meantime, team members will continue to remain positive and enjoy dancing for what it is.

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Take the lead. Marley Crossland (‘15), Bryan Waznik (‘15), Anders Lund (‘15), Natalie Sims (‘14) and other members of the Ballroom/Swing team perform their routine.

KWLC Review: Frightened Rabbit “Pedestrian Verse” Noah Lange

KWLC Loud Rock Director

record — a low, warbling piano note that peels off into a progression of broken chords — is as good a suggestion as any that “Pedestrian Verse” is an album quite unlike their oriented than 2010’s “The Winter of Mixed Drinks,” less wounded and plaintive than 2008’s “The Midnight Organ Fight,” but with more than enough similarity to provide a holding-on point for longtime listeners. The lyrics are still there, brilliant and self-effacing as always. The band’s weakness for what Pitchfork calls “big, soppy metaphors” is still on display, as is their uncanny ability to make them work through sheer bravado and dedication. Lines like opener “Acts of Man”’s “I’m here, I’m here / not heroic but I tried” that in the hands of lesser artists — Marcus Mumford and his troupe of sons comes to mind — would come off as bland and self-aggrandizing, are given life and genuine feeling in singer Scott Hutchison’s Scottish wail. So are the miniature songs, the minute-long interludes that provide some of the best respites in “The Midnight Organ Fight” and “The Winter of Mixed Drinks,” incarnated here in “Housing (In)” and “Housing (Out).” These short pieces give the record cohesion between songs a more

conventional band with a more conventional track list would be unconcerned with. But gone is the relationship-centric focus of their previous records — the devastating, gloriously productive break-up that formed the core of “The Midnight Organ Fight” and the new-love-joy of “The Winter of Mixed Drinks.” The

introspection remains, but more often than not, the album’s focus is directed at the lives and everyday miseries of those strife narrative purview. This is front and center in “State Hospital,” the title track from last year’s “State Hospital” EP. The song tells the story of a young woman “born into a grave,” with a mother worn into submission by “the national

the band’s work, but in substance are quite unlike anything The anthems of their previous records are still present, role for the record, and does it as well as any of Frightened per se, there are really only a few songs that can compete with “The Modern Leper,” “Good Arms vs. Bad Arms,” “Swim Until You Can’t See Land,” “The Wrestle” and the dozen or so other brogue-along earworms in the Frightened

better or for worse. “Pedestrian Verse” is a great record, but its quality something I’ll have to mull over for the next dozen or Courtesy of beat-surrender

Backyard Skulls, Dead Now, State Hospital, Nitrous Gas.

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