Alpha Rho Chapter Hosts ‘Make Dance – Not Hate’ Event

April 2, 2012

The brothers of Alpha Rho Chapter united to make their presence known and promote a message of gender and artistic diversity, through a medium you might not expect: Competitive dance.

As part of Penn State’s Pride Week, they pitted four dance group teams against each other, rocking it out to hits like Beyonce’s “Run the World (Girls).”

What’s usually a run-of-the-mill lecture room in Forum Building transformed into a dance theater Saturday night as part of “Make Dance – Not Hate!”

Hosted by Delta Lambda Phi, a fraternity established by and for gay and progressive men, the dance competition was part of Pride Week. This year’s Pride Week took on the theme “40 Years and Still Queer” to commemorate four decades since Penn State’s first queer organization, the Homophiles of Penn State or HOPS, was founded.

Saturday’s event featured performances by four Penn State organizations: dance groups Ambitions, Penn State Dance Alliance and Urban Dance Troupe, as well as student organization Undertones. Undertones is an organization that addresses the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and ally community of color.

Read more about the event on The Daily Collegian.