After three years, the Vietnamese Student Association of Boston College (VSA) returned to live performance with its cultural program titled The rebirth of the Phoenix. The name was an ode to VSA “rising from the ashes”, as the event program put it, in the revival of the band’s annual event.
VSA members greeted attendees at the door with a complimentary glow stick that added style to the dimly lit room. Twinkling lights hung along the walls of Fulton 511 and added to the warm lighting design.
Hosts Khoa Vu and Julie Vu, both of MCAS ’23, took the stage, and after some humorous banter, they introduced and thanked all of the choreographers for their hard work in putting together all of the dance numbers on the spectacle.
Before each dance, the emcees performed short comedy skits that gave background information for the dance to come. Each sketch was a parody on keeping up with the Kardashians. The first skit, which involved Kourtney Kardashian getting ready for her wedding day, featured the Lotus Dance, a traditional Vietnamese dance symbolic of the birth of Buddha.
With the stage bathed in an orange glow, the dancers took the stage, dressed in traditional Vietnamese clothing. Holding lotus-shaped fans, the dancers moved in perfect synchronization, creating a captivating and peaceful visual style.
Another traditional dance, the umbrella dance, was next. Performing to a mix of modern songs, each dancer had a colorful umbrella incorporated into the dance. The superb coordination of the performers was on display as the spinning dancers opened their umbrellas to the beat, creating mesmerizing visuals.
The last performance before intermission was the mixed dance. A traditional dance performed by VSA freshmen, the piece featured fan work and a traditional sword dance. The performers showed complete confidence in their movement on stage with every precise move, creating a powerful ending to the first act.
To begin the second act, VSA President Vivienne Le and Vice President Gina Yoo, both MCAS ’22, introduced the current and future members of the VSA Board of Directors. The two hosts then continued their Kardashian-centric sketches to introduce the next group of dances.
The plays titled “Modern Guys” and “Modern Girls” were next. As their names suggest, these performances featured contemporary hip-hop dance. The enthusiastic cheers from the audience during each dance showed that they enjoyed these types of performances as much as the traditional early evening dances.
For the last four pieces, the dancers performed with members of their own class. Freshmen played first, then sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The freshmen, showing off their skills for their first VSA performance, lit up the stage with their energetic routine. The seniors closed the performances of the evening with their last cultural show. VSA Presidents Sabrina Ng and Vivian Nguyen, both CSON ’23, expressed their heartfelt thanks for ending the evening on a happy note.
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