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4th Annual Lip Sync Battle Hosted by St. Regis Dance Club

 

Jaida Lazore lip syncing to Katy Perry.

On Friday, May 4, 2018 the St. Regis Dance Club hosted their 4th annual Lip Sync Battle. The event took place at the one and only St. Regis Recreation Center, which is also where the St. Regis Dance Club holds their classes and their annual Party in the Park Recital. The Lip Sync battle is one of the fundraisers the St. Regis Dance Club holds, to raise the money to cover the cost of the dancers' costumes. Laura Thompson, one of the organizers, stated, "Our plan is to raise $2500 tonight to cover the rest of the costumes. If we don't make our goal, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe has always been more than willing to help cover the remaining cost."

The doors opened at 6:00 pm, with the show beginning at approximately 6:30pm. The general admission cost was $5.00, and there was also the option to buy a VIP ticket for $25.00. There was a raffle for three different items, which were donated by generous community members. There was also a concession during the event serving Magic Mikes Pizza and other goodies. All the monies raised during the event through admissions, raffle sales and concession sales will go towards purchasing the dancers' costumes.

The St. Regis Dance Club teachers gather for a quick group photo. Back row (L to R): Anthony Tillman, Kelsee Sunday, Abby Mitchell holding Baby Gordon, Wrani Sunday and Laura Thompson. Front Row (L to R): Waves Thompson, Ivy Oakes and Kierstyn Sunday.

The lip sync battle is one of kind in Akwesasne. Anyone who competed in the lip sync battle the previous year had to nominate someone. If they couldn't get anyone to compete, they would have to compete again. The event is all in good fun, where there are no real winners or losers. The lip sync battle began with MC Kevin Lazore putting on a little show with his partner London Lazore. Afterwards MC Lazore announced the competitors of the lip sync battle. In the first round each person picked their song. In the second round each person had to spin the "Wheel of Death" as the MC put it. The "Wheel of Death" is a wheel with different genres of music and a dance-off challenge. No one knew what song they would have to lip sync or dance to in the second round, but everyone was up to the challenge. The audience was full of familiar faces and tons of support, so everyone had a blast getting up on stage and performing. One of the highlights of the event was when Laura Thompson announced that she was going to help someone check something off of their bucket list. When she heard they wanted to dance to a certain song with a handsome man, she was more than happy to make that wish come true. It was beautiful and emotional to be able to watch such a kind-hearted person have their wish come true.

The event luckily made it to the end before the electricity went out. At the end of the event Laura Thompson announced that the annual Party in the Park Recital would take place the first week of June. Laura went on to thank everyone who helped out in one way or another, DJ Hightower played the music, Akwesasne TV broadcast the event, Magic Mikes donated food, Midnight Confetti decorated for the event, The Village Currency Exchange donated a tube and $50 for the raffle, Diane Lazore donated a gardening basket for the raffle and Cass Terrance and Kelly Cook donated a fishing basket. There was a great turnout by the community, and an awesome show put on by the brave souls who got up on stage to perform for a good cause.

 

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