Kindred Crew posing together in the Student Life Centre.

Hip Hop Club places first in provincial dance competition

Members of the University of Waterloo Hip Hop Club, known as Kindred Crew, recently took home the trophy for first place from the Ontario Universities Competition for Hip-Hop (OUCH).

Third-year Arts student and team leader, Nathan Tiangson, had been preparing since last year’s competition. He took classes to improve his own skills, recruited and trained the team, and worked with second-year Engineering student Geoffrey Salisi to choreograph the winning piece. Kindred Crew’s work paid off, and the UW Hip Hop Club is proud of the team that brought the trophy home to where OUCH was first held in 2003.

In the future, Kindred Crew will participate in Canadian and international competitions, but the crew has other goals too - Kindred Crew is committed to helping a different charity every term. This year alone, the team participated in Operation Christmas Child with Samaritan’s Purse. Kindred Crew was able to raise close to $2,000 for victims of typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in partnership with World Vision and Laurier dance crew ALIAS.

“Hopefully we can continue to represent the University of Waterloo well, and pass our message along to future students and dancers,” said Nathan.

You can watch Kindred Culture’s first-place performance below, and learn more about the UW Hip Hop Club on Facebook.

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