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Apollo Night
November 6, 2009

Many acts vied for the winning slot during the 12th-annual Apollo Night. But only one—the dance group Hypnotic—emerged with the proverbial crown.

Sponsored by Pi Beta Phi and Umoja, the event was held Saturday, Nov. 6 in the Anita Tuvin Schlechter auditorium. According to Catherine Sippin '10, Pi Beta Phi's vice president of philanthropy, spirits were energized among both performers and audience members. "There was a total of thirteen acts, and in my opinion, the night was a huge success," she said.

The event took inspiration from the world-famous Apollo Theatre. The historic venue is credited with launching the careers of many African American and multiracial performers, including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, James Brown, Diana Ross and the Supremes, The Jackson 5 and Stevie Wonder. It is also the home of a well-loved variety show, "Showtime at the Apollo."

Proceeds from Apollo Night benefit the National Aids Foundation.

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Pi Beta Phi's New Member Class performs. The sorority co-sponsored Apollo Night.

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Andy Lecointe '12, an economics major from Roosevelt, N.Y., takes a solo.

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Joey DeSantis '10's creative talents include writing for The Dickinsonian and playing the piano.

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Violinist Alexander Strachan '13 of Bowie, Md., performs "Amazing Grace."

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Singer Laeli Sharifi '13 (left) won second place for her performance of "Gravity."

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Sarah Gold '10, a biology major from Baltimore, plays the guitar.

Text by MaryAlice Bitts
Photos by John Jones IV '11