Joel Hoover
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A star-studded selection of senior Messiah disc jockeys will take their respective shots tonight at a place in Spring Fling.

Messiah’s Student Activities Board will be hosting a “Step Up” themed DJ Competition Dance tonight in the Larsen Student Union. The dance will run from 8 p.m. to midnight.

“The DJ Dance is specifically designed to allow students to voice their opinion on the music to be played at the largest dance of the semester,” said Ashley Burkett, SAB’s Dances Executive.

Four DJs–Kafui Dzaka, Allen Fernandez, Zach Rosado, and the “ThreeJs” team of TJ Marchesani, Corey Fisher and Sean Stevenson–will each get an hour-long slot to play their music before the gathered crowds at the dance. Burkett noted that the chosen group of six seniors was a very talented group that stood out amidst a wide range of other good selections.

“It was a tough decision, as we had many seniors and underclassmen DJs apply for the coveted positions,” she said. “Most of the DJs playing at the dance are DJs Messiah students have been hearing for the past several years, and have grown to love.”

Attending students will have the opportunity to text their DJ selection vote during the dance, with the numbers to text displayed on a big screen. Scoring will be a combination score of the text-to-vote data and an SAB panel of judges. Burkett will announce the two highest vote-getters at midnight, who will then have the opportunity to perform at the Spring Fling dance later this semester.

And with a strong field like the one competing tonight, it looks to be an opportunity that will be well-earned.

Burkett noted that both Fernandez and Dzaka have become well-known and liked for their creative mixes that add a bit of their own respective personal styles.

“Both Allen and Kafui have the ability to weave music reminiscent of their cultural backgrounds throughout their sets, while maintaining the integrity of a mix people love to hear,” Burkett said.

Rosado has played at dances since his freshman year, bringing a “passion and energy” that Burkett says draws the crowd in and gets them involved.

“He appeals to the crowd by playing the favorites everyone wants to hear, but also by introducing sick beats,” she added further.

The “ThreeJs” trio of Marchesani, Fisher, and Stevenson are relatively newer on the scene, having first appeared at the Glow Out dance back in the fall. However, their music became a crowd favorite, according to Burkett.

“The trio maintains the crowd’s enthusiasm during their entire set, whether it be through their choices in music, by dancing on stage, or pumping up the crowd.”

The “Step Up” theme’s ties to hip-hop means students can expect playlists geared in that direction, though there will be a lot of personal tastes included by each performing DJ. Messiah’s hip-hop dance team, Footprintz, will also be making a special performance at the dance.

There is no admission charge to the dance.

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