Montgomery Blair High School's Online Student Newspaper
Thursday, August 16, 2018 2:12 pm

Clubs: Caribbean Club

Time: Tues. - Thurs., 2:30 p.m. - 4:
Place: Room 171
Sponsor: Jennifer Dunson
President: Christopher Morrison
Hip-hop music plays as the students snap their fingers while they dance to the beat, their sneakers hitting the floor perfectly in sync with each other and the rhythm. These Blazers are members of Caribbean Club, which showcases the music and dance elements of the Caribbean culture.

One word that sums up the club's activities is simply "dancing," says senior Christopher Morrison, president. The members meet three times a week to practice their routines and dance, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Morrison says the club danced only to "reggae, mixed with a little hip-hop" last year but hopes to incorporate more co-ed partner dances and various traditional Caribbean dances this year. "We want more of the dances that correspond to folklore, and specific dances for special occasions, like Independence [Day] and major holidays," he says.

Morrison and senior Sylvia Ojo, who are responsible for coaching the club practices, choreograph and teach the other members the dance routines. "If I hear a particular song on the radio and I like it, I'll go to my basement and contemplate it, and I'll make up a dance," says Morrison. Ojo and Morrison draw ideas from popular hip-hop music videos, but they also incorporate elements from the dances of their home countries. Morrison is from the Caribbean, while Ojo hails from Nigeria.

The Caribbean Club typically performs at Blair events, from pep rallies and talent shows to International Night and the Cultural Showcase. "Our goal is to be at as many school events as possible," says Morrison. But the club is not limited to Blair events; last year the team competed at Northwest High School in the Dance Challenge, open to dance clubs from high schools across the county.

Although the Caribbean did not place at the competition, the members still plan to compete again this year. According to English teacher Jennifer Dunson, the sponsor of the club, teams that did place had many more dancers. The Caribbean Club "is definitely hoping to expand the team this year," she says.

Students interested in joining the Caribbean Club should attend club meetings to audition.

Club beat by Monica Wei