All photos by Lili Weinstein
UNF hosts the Lip Sync event every year during Homecoming, and each time, it gets better and better. This year was no exception.
Students and alumni quickly filled the seats of the Lazzara Theater. After the room settled down, the first team opened up with a big performance as Kappa Sigma and Delta Gamma sung through many popular theme songs from shows such as the Addams Family, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Friends.
Next up, was the team comprised of UNF campus organizations Dance Marathon and Making Change. They had a lot of spirit as they danced through “I Love Rock n’ Roll” by The Blackhearts, and Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl.” They even had the Cookie Monster and a penguin breakdancing as part of their performance.
Kappa Alpha Theta and Sigma Chi took on a baseball theme for their performance. The team played a well-choreographed game of baseball as they hit a home run while singing Queen’s “We are the Champions.”
The fourth team was Alpha Phi and Sigma Alpha Epsilon, who combined their powers to create one of the biggest performances of the night. They recreated the Wizard of Oz story in their own style, captivating the audience with their original spin on the classic.
Alpha Chi Omega and Chi Phi took the audience on a road trip as they travelled through many songs such as “California Gurls” by Katy Perry, “New York City” by the Chainsmokers and finally, “Ocean Avenue” by Yellowcard.
There was a break before the next performance, so the hosts, Junine Castin and MC Wally, got an audience member to sing the theme of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The audience enjoyed it as they too sang along.
The sixth group, made of Kappa Alpha, Kappa Delta and Delta Upsilon, took the audience on an emotional ride as they sang through a story about two star-crossed lovers whose fate ends with a happy ending, of course.
The seventh contestants, Zeta Tau Alpha, Alpha Tau Omega, and Theta Chi, went with a beach vibe. Opening with “Surfin’ USA” by the Beach Boys felt perfect as they managed to bring the entire audience along for the party. One of the best moments of the night was when they recreated the set of the 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Event, where the famous Left Shark made his appearance–and yes someone dressed up as the sharks.
The last performance of the night came from the UNF Dance Fleet. Their performance had an Alice in Wonderland theme and blew the audience away with accompanying acrobatics such as flips and leaps.
While the judges were deciding who the winners are, a special guest made an appearance.
Coach Matthew Driscoll stepped on stage and began tossing Osprey swag, such as shirts and more, to the crowd, prompting them to scream and shout in an effort to get something tossed their way.
Soon after this, the results came in:
3rd place: Alpha Chi Omega and Chi Phi
2nd place: Kappa Delta, Kappa Alpha and Delta Upsilon
1st place: Kappa Alpha Theta and Sigma Chi
The choreographer for the winning team, Nikki Confiado, a Junior majoring in Criminal Justice, was happy to know that her team won, as she had also won the previous year. The three and a half weeks of training paid off.
Nikki believes that it was a fun experience for her team.
“It’s two groups that have never really worked together and to be able to bond and bring those friendships into a full circle is pretty awesome,” said Confiado.
Confiado designed the performance with fun in mind.
“I was trying to do something fun that everyone would be able to keep up with and I thought of the pun ‘Send Home,’” said Confiado.
Confiado is unsure if she’s able to attend next year’s Lip Sync as she’s in between her Junior and Senior years at UNF, but she hopes that she can.
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