Flamboyant dances and a charitable cause packed The Blue Note full of MU students Monday night for the Rockin’ Against Multiple Sclerosis “Rock It” lip-synch contest.
“It went fabulously,” co-emcee Ellie Coatar said. “It was a totally packed house. Everybody was really well prepared.”
The DJ started off the first act with the wrong song, but the slight hitch didn’t stop the women from Kappa Delta from making the venue hoot and holler with their medley from the musical “Chicago.”
FIJI followed with cross-dressing, Britney Spears and thongs in an act entitled “Barbie & Britney’s Titanic Thong.”
“Fraternity men will do what they do,” Delta Chi participant Bryndon Minter said. “They may have lost taste points.”
Alpha Delta Pi followed with “Love Like Disney,” in which they tied in current hip-hop hits with a classic Disney theme.
Sigma Nu’s “Hoppin’ Through Hip Hop” included a Will Smith rap and the Harlem Shake.
“There was a ton of energy from the crowd,” Sigma Nu participant Justin Kendall said. “It’s great to see everyone come together.”
Kappa Kappa Gamma was next in the show with “Cirque de Kappa.” Their act included a gorilla and mimes.
Sigma Phi Epsilon’s performance received a lot of attention on Twitter. They showed off a lot of skin and a lot of dance moves, and the crowd responded.
“It felt awesome once the crowd got going,” Sigma Phi Epsilon participant Justin Tworek said. “It was pretty easy from there.”
Pi Beta Phi followed with “Calendar Girls.” They danced to songs signifying various months of the year, and they finished with Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You.”
Delta Chi’s “Bootylicious Halftime Show” was based on Beyoncé Knowles’ Super Bowl XLVII performance, power outage and all. Minter was Beyoncé in the performance.
“It was a different experience, I’ll tell you that,” Minter said. “For a while now, I have been a closet Beyoncé fan. The reactions we got were incredible."
“Dinner for Two” by Phi Kappa Theta followed. The dancers wore sports bras, compression shorts and very little else.
Next was “Alpha Phi in NYC.” Alpha Phi members built an elaborate New York City set and danced to songs centered around the city.
Finishing the night was Beta Theta Pi dancing to classic rock songs in “School of Rock.”
RAMS committee members were more than happy with Monday's outcome, Coatar said.
“The first night was really good,” RAMS co-director Drew Dampf said. “I expect something really good on Wednesday.”
Groups 12-22 will go on Wednesday, the second of the two preliminary rounds. Then, at 10 p.m. Wednesday at the Shack, a group of finalists will be announced. About half the groups will advance to the finals, which take place Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at The Blue Note, Coatar said.
RAMS will host Open Mic Night at 7 p.m. Thursday in Bengal Lair in Memorial Student Union North, an event that used to take place during Rock It, in between acts.
This year, the members of Comedy Wars will host the event.
“We’re excited for (Comedy Wars) to come out and support RAMS,” Coatar said.
The money from all RAMS events goes to the MS Institute, which serves those who suffer from MS in mid-Missouri.
“Hopefully we raised a lot of money for a good cause tonight,” Coatar said.
However, Dampf made a point to stress that it is not all about the money.
“We raise observance for people with MS as well, not just raise money,” Dampf said.