A capella and swing dancing bring crowd to ‘Chapman’s Got Talent’

From a capella to swing dancing, Chapman students showcased their talents Sept. 30 in the Student Union at “Chapman’s Got Talent.”

Hosted by the University Program Board (UPB), the event showcased a total of eight acts and drew about 150 people in attendance.

Avery Roberts performed original pieces during Open Mic Night. Photo by Bonnie Cash

Avery Roberts performed original pieces during Open Mic Night. Photo by Bonnie Cash

“UPB wanted an opportunity to showcase the talent that we have here at Chapman’s community. We really wanted to give students here the opportunity to show their talent to their friends and family,” said sophomore Julia Ross, the director of Panther Nights at UPB.

Each of the acts showcased a unique aspect of Chapman’s students. This ranged from various singing groups to swing dancing.

The two of the a capella groups on campus, “Chaptones” and “Simply Vocale,” performed for the first time this semester, displaying their newest members.

“My favorite part of the show was the a capella groups because it is so fascinating how well they create a beat without any instruments,” said Sydney Garrett, a freshman political science major.

Johann Joson and Nadiya Upegui, members of the Chapman Swing Cats, danced Chapman's talent show on Friday. Photo by Bonnie Cash

Johann Joson and Nadiya Upegui, members of the Chapman Swing Cats, danced in Chapman’s talent show on Friday. Photo by Bonnie Cash

Since it was during not only Homecoming Week but also Inauguration Week, more individuals were able to attend that weren’t just students. Many of the performers’ family members were there as well as alumni who were able to come for all the festivities.

“The goal was not for it to be competitive, but just a talent showcase and supporting Chapman’s talent,” Ross said.

Eight people from UPB took about seven hours to put together the show, while training the new class that had joined UPB.

“All the acts were so interesting and I learned a lot about clubs on campus that focused on individuals talents. I hope they continue to have these events,” Garrett said.

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  • […] As the events director for “Panther Nights”, it was my job to ensure that my team and I came up with fun and free events for Chapman students to participate in on Friday nights. The goal of our programming was to make sure there was an exciting (and sober) environment for every student on the weekend because we believe everyone should have the chance to have fun on a Friday night! Read more about one of the events I hosted here. […]

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