Apollo 2001 brings diverse musical, dance talent to DeKalb

By Talesha Herbert

NIU students and many others filled the Egyptian Theatre homecoming weekend for Apollo 2001, hosted by All Dat Entertainment.

An array of diverse talent, including hip-hop, break dance, kick-boxing, gospel, R&B and much more, highlighted the night of entertainment.

The show began with performances by well-known NIU dance troupes and other entertainers.

BezzelOut clothing, who sponsored the show, and Tony Taylor were recognized for the wardrobe of Present Perfect Modeling Organization.

The audience got to participate during the show as well by playing the game “Name That Tune.” Three winners left with brand new T-shirts.

Jeremiah Bundy, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha and a “super senior” electrical engineering major, passed out roses to girls who didn’t have sweethearts or boyfriends for Sweetest Day.

“It’s a tribute to women,” Bundy said.

The winner of the second half of the show, “Dynamic Destruction,” received a $200 cash prize and a trophy.

The 20-member dance group, which was started this summer, performed to music from the R&B groups 112, R. Kelly and Foxy Brown, which helped hype the crowd cheer on the 2001 winners of the Apollo.

Edward Quinn, a communication major and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, was unable to participate in the competition but still helped out in making the show a success.

He said he was supposed to sing, but instead he helped out with technical tasks related to the show.

Marqueonna Watson, a freshman dance education major and a member of “Vibe” dance troupe, participated in the first half of the show.

“I enjoyed the show,” Watson said. “I’ll participate again next year.”