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Travel to the 2000s and Dance the Night Away

 Ever tried to sing both Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown’s parts simultaneously in “No Air”? Did you go through a John Mayer phase? Still going through a John Mayer phase? Then you’re in luck. 

WXYC, UNC's student radio station, is hosting its semi-annual 2000s dance this Friday. The dance is from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at Cat’s Cradle. 

Senior Brennan Colucci, events and promotions director for WXYC, said the dance is a great way for the radio station to connect with the community over nostalgic childhood throwbacks.

“It's been going on since the early years of the radio station being around,” Colucci said. “It’s definitely a tradition.”

Junior Ashley Choo-Hen, production room director at WXYC, said she is excited for the music playing Friday night. She said that attendees should get ready for a diverse mix of music. 

(Students) can definitely expect to hear everything that you think is cheesy from the 2000s, but made cool and acceptable again,” Choo-Hen said. “So, think of that one Spotify playlist that you’re embarrassed that you listen to with your two friends. That’s what’s going to be played at Cat’s Cradle.” 

Colucci said students can expect to hear popular 2000s hits, and even songs they have forgotten.

  “It’s going to be a lot of songs from people’s childhoods that you might have forgotten about, and it’s fun to be reintroduced to them,” Colucci said. “Like, reminded of ‘Oh! I love this song!’ Or of how you have a specific memory attached to it.”

When it comes to favorite 2000s tunes, he said 'My Love' by Justin Timberlake tops his charts.  Colucci said he is most excited to dance in an accepting atmosphere.

 “Sometimes I think people feel awkward trying to dance, or they don’t want to, and I think at these events it’s encouraged to lose any sense that someone will judge you and just dance,” he said. “It’s really nice and really fun to just be able to wild out. That’s what I’ve enjoyed at these dances."

Tickets will be $5 for students who show their One Card and $8 for the public. Tickets will be sold in the Pit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

 “I think it’s a great dance for first-years, but also for just any large friend group to go out and have a good time,” Choo-Hen said. “It’s inexpensive — it's $5 compared to other events — and it’s in a safe environment.”

Choo-Hen said the event is a great way to meet new people and get in touch with people's fun side.  She said that WXYC prides itself on creating a positive and accepting environment for those attending. 

“WXYC is a really accepting community, so people can go all out and be as weird as they want and just have fun and they won’t get judged at all” Choo-Hen said. 

Sophomore Aysha Diallo, a second-semester DJ for WXYC, said the dance is a great way for first-years, upperclassmen and the Carrboro community to end the week.

 “I think people should come to the dance to unwind after a long week of classes,” Diallo said. “It’ll be a good welcoming into the weekend with dancing, music and socializing. It’s a fun time!.”

Travel to the 2000s and Dance the Night Away
Travel to the 2000s and Dance the Night Away