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Dynamics do Lincoln Center
They didnt win. They didnt place. But the Skidmore Dynamics sure showed their stuff as they took the stage of Lincoln Centers Avery Fisher Hall, part of a boisterous harmonic convergence at this springs International Collegiate Championship of A Cappella. We were always in it for the fun of it we never thought wed come this far, says Dynamics secretary Lisa Piccirillo 04.
Winning the regional semifinals at Boston University meant the Dynos were one of the top six college a cappella groups from across the U.S. and Canada. That got the attention of the New York Times, which featured them as a lively example of the a cappella craze at colleges nationwide, and their name went up on a giant Lincoln Center poster, along with the five other finalists: University of Oregons On the Rocks, Cornells Last Call, University of Marylands Faux Paz, Boston Universitys Terpsichore, andthe eventual champsUniversity of Michigans Compulsive Lyres.
Skidmores troupe was only thirteen strong for the championship competition, but the four other members (ineligible for nationals because theyd missed the regional semifinals) cheered on their peers from second-row seats. Going against strong contenders from large universitiesmany of which boast a dozen or more a cappella groups eachthe Dynamics brought their trademark high energy, insouciance, vibrant vocals, and genuinely affectionate camaraderie, which had won over the judges at earlier competitions.
Staying true to their form in a genre dominated by group costumes and meticulously choreographed routines, the Dynamics barrelled onstage, eclectically accoutred in outfits ranging from chino chic to neohippie to nightclub; one or two were barefoot. Their dance moves were in sync but individual. That originality may have cost them points with the judges, admits Dynamics president Jonathan Whitton 02, but any other style would have been everything were against, he says. We pride ourselves on being individuals, completely and totally different but musically together.
The Times had said it could be tough for the Dynamics to convey [such] infectious spirit in cavernous Avery Fisher Hall, but they easily did it, delighting an audience of more than 2,200 with numbers from the Jackson Five, Sting, and Christina Aguilera. Their vocals were rich and smooth, and their soloistsPiccirillo, Whitton, and Jocelyn Arem 04outdid themselves. Wrapping up their set to a hall-high roar of approval, the Dynamics cantered offstage, swapping high leaps and flying hugs.
They sang wonderfully, reported Skidmore President Jamienne S. Studley, who with husband Gary Smith attends many Skidmore a cappella concerts and wasnt about to miss this one. They represented Skidmore handsomely, and demonstrated the excellent singing and warm camaraderie we have come to know and love. Says Whitton, The coolest part was, as we left the stage, I felt so proud to be from Skidmore. He adds, We all felt we had already won before we even got to the competition. Skidmore fans agreed: the Dynamics left the ICCA championships the way they came inwinners. BAM