Story by Nathan Williams

So you think you can dance? Several students at BYU-Idaho sure do because they showed off their skills at the Battle of the Dance competition that took place Saturday night in the Oscar A. Kirkham Auditorium. Ten groups of performers faced off for the audience’s votes. Each dance group brought their own unique style from swing dancing to Megan Trainor’s “Dear Future Husband” to hip-hop dancing to Will Smith’s “Gettin’ Jiggy With It” and everything in between.

After the performances were over, the audience was invited to use their smart phones to cast their vote for their favorite group. Although every group performed flawlessly and with all their heart, it was the hip-hop group named Genetiks who blew the competition out of the water with 46.8 percent of the 534 votes.

“It’s always a good time,” said Julie Jacobs, a senior majoring in general studies. “Our group has a lot of energy out in the crowd. We just always like to have fun and support the other groups because we know how hard it is to work and come up with something. We love to show our love for other groups and come up with something fun.”

Practice is needed to pull off a dance battle. For the members of Genetiks, the practice paid off.

“Dance is always my outlet and it keeps me happy,” said Joseph Constatino, a junior studying sociology. “Our performance today I felt like went pretty well. We didn’t perform to win, but seeing like 46 percent of the vote from such a huge crowd was a huge boost to us. We practice like three times a week two hours each day, so we feel like we deserve it.”

Each dancer gave it their all, and it was a highly successful event for both the dancers who competed and for the audience.