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UVI Dept of Comm- organizes Jerusalema Dance Challenge via Zoom @ First HBCU

UVI JERUSALEMA DANCE CHALLENGE

First HBCU to take on the Jerusalema Dance Challenge via Zoom

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE, VI, 20, Oct 2020 – Tuesday, 20, Oct. 2020, at 1:00 p.m. the UVI Department of Communication hosted the Jerusalema dance challenge via Zoom. UVI became the first HBCU to host this dance challenge open to public participation. South Africa’s Jerusalema Dance Challenge shown to be an excellent coping mechanism in the precedent of the worldwide pandemic.

The challenge unified dancers, both professional and amateur, for ten minutes out of their day to stay active and join the worldwide movement. 

The upbeat gospel-influenced house Jerusalema, challenge succeeded in uniting the faculty and student dynamics.

The upbeat gospel-influenced house Jerusalema, challenge succeeded in uniting the faculty and student dynamics.

UVI President Dr. David Hall and one of his cabinet members, Provost Camille A. McKayle, Ph.D participated in the Zoom dance challenge.

Dr. McKayle returned for her second debut of her on-beat dancing skills. First timer, Dr. Hall also joined in on the challenge even performing a solo encore for the group afterwards. The Jerusalema challenge was expressed in different locations; faculty, staff and students joined from their living rooms, work offices, outside and on balconies and gallery areas. 

I will definitely add the Jerusalema song to my exercise playlist…[It’s] is a great acoustic motivator. Jada Roberts.

One of the student participants, Jada Roberts, an undergraduate student, showed ultimate delight, and said excitedly, “I will definitely add the Jerusalema song to my exercise playlist in the upcoming future. The song itself is a great acoustic motivator.”

The Zoom call concluded with overall laughter, smiles, and even sweat brought from the art of dance. Students in the UVI Department of Communication wish to expand this challenge nationwide, throughout the HBCU community as well as the Carribean’s educational system.

Roberts noted, “It’s only [takes] five minutes out of your schedule to reconnect with people around you.” 

 

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