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The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.
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The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.

IN PHOTOS: Fall and Winter Performance Recap 2022-23

The Hustler Photography section shares some of our favorite shots of the year so far from cultural and performing arts showcases.
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Miguel Beristain
Double Major A Capella performs at Spotlight, captured on August 26, 2022 (Hustler Multimedia/Miguel Beristain)

As we head into the spring, we can’t wait to see all the upcoming showcases and cultural events student groups on campus have in store, such as Carnival, Harambee and so much more. However, we also can’t help but think about all the amazing performances and showcases we’ve seen so far. The Hustler highlights some of our favorite shots from events of the past year. 

Many campus cultural organizations hosted their annual showcases throughout the year, displaying the diverse and creative talent our students have to offer. We’ve also seen some of our favorite campus performing arts groups take their skills to the stage. Here’s a recap of the showcases we’ve covered so far:

Spotlight 

To kick off the new school year, the Vanderbilt Performing Arts Council held Spotlight in Langford Auditorium on Aug. 26 and 27, 2022. The showcase featured a variety of performances from various performing arts organizations around campus, including the Bhangradores, Lakshya, Vandy Ballroom, Melodores, Spectrum A Capella, Harmonic Notion and so many more.

Garba

South Asian Cultural Exchange threw its annual dance festival, Garba, on Sept. 24, 2022. The event saw performances from the South Asian dance groups Bhangradores and Lakshya. Participants danced to traditional Garba and Raas dances, as well as popular South Asian music, all night.

Café Con Leche

The Association of Latin American Students held Café con Leche on Oct. 22, 2022. The showcase spotlighted Latin American dances and cultures, such as Ballet Folklorico, Tango, Bachata and even Justin Colon, an opera singer. This year’s theme was based around “Amor y Muerte” (love and death), with the showcase taking place near the holiday Dia de los Muertos.

K-Pop for Dummies

VIVID held its fall showcase, “K-Pop for Dummies”, at Langford Auditorium on Nov. 5, 2022. As the title suggests, the showcase aimed to introduce its audience to popular South Korean music and culture. The performances included dances and choreography centered featuring some of K-Pop’s largest hits. 

The Dances of South Asia

SACE hosted its annual showcase, The Dances of South Asia, on Nov. 12, 2022. The showcase presented many South Asian cultural dances including Kuthu, Raas, Bengali Pop Folk and Bolly Kathak. This year’s theme centered around the 2000’s classic “Mean Girls” and even included a guest appearance from Rajiv Surendra, who played “Kevin G.” in that film.

Karma Sangam

Vandy Karma hosted Karma Sangam on Dec. 3, 2022. The event highlighted Hindu culture and tradition, featuring traditional Hindu dances and Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Carnatic music performances.

“9 to 5”

Vanderbilt Off-Broadway performed the musical “9 to 5” on Jan 20-21. Based on the popular Dolly Parton song “9 to 5”, this musical thrilled audiences with comedy and murderous twists.

VIBE: The Remix

VIBE presented its annual showcase, “VIBE: The Remix” at Langford Auditorium on Feb. 11, 2023. The show presented various hip-hop dances and remixes and incorporated a guest appearance from the comedy troupe Tongue ‘N Cheek.

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About the Contributors
Narenkumar Thirmiya, Staff Photographer
Narenkumar Thirmiya ('24) is from Orlando, Fla., and is majoring in neuroscience and medicine, health, and society in the College of Arts and Science. When not shooting for The Hustler, he is streaming TV, playing the piano or guitar or exploring nature photography. You can reach him at [email protected].
Nikita Rohila, Deputy Social Media Director
Nikita Rohila ('25) is from a small town in Arkansas and is majoring in psychology and medicine, health and society in the College of Arts and Science. During her free time, she enjoys roaming around the city and getting cinematic-style shots for her photography account! You can reach her at [email protected].
Miguel Beristain, Senior Staff Photographer
Miguel Beristain (’24) is a philosophy and cellular and molecular biology double major in the College of Arts and Science from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. When not shooting for The Hustler, he can usually be found playing Magic the Gathering, exploring new restaurants or practicing guitar. He can be reached at .
Arianna Santiago, Senior Staff Photographer
Arianna Santiago ('24) is from Bremerton, Wash., and studying electrical and computer engineering in the School of Engineering. When not shooting for The Hustler or for freelance work, Arianna can be found leading campus tours, organizing events for University Catholic, attempting to study and procrastinating her lab reports. You can reach her at [email protected].
Josh Rehders, Photography Director
Josh Rehders ('24) is from Houston and is studying computer science in the School of Engineering. When he is not shooting for The Hustler, Vanderbilt Athletics or freelancing, he enjoys finding new music and good food. He can be reached at [email protected].
Barrie Barto, Senior Staff Photographer
Barrie Barto ('25) is majoring in medicine, health & society with a minor neuroscience in the College of Arts and Science. She previously served as Photography Director. Outside of The Hustler, you can find Barrie cheering on the St. Louis Blues or tracking down the best gluten-free food in Nashville. She can be reached at [email protected].
Ophelia Lu, Deputy Photography Director
Ophelia Lu (’26) is from Los Angeles and is double majoring in biomedical and electrical engineering in the School of Engineering. She previously served as a staff photographer. When not covering events and sports games for The Hustler, you can find her listening to a lot of music, studying at Starbucks or lying on Alumni lawn. She can be reached at [email protected].
Eigen Escario, Former Staff Photographer
Eigen Escario ('26) is from Birmingham, Alabama. He is majoring in human and organizational development with a double major in computer science and minoring in business in Peabody College. In his spare time, Eigen enjoys taking ballroom lessons with his friends and handling the livestream for Vandy Ice Hockey.
Anseley Philippe, Staff Writer and Photographer
Anseley Philippe ('25) is a potential biomedical engineering and Spanish double-major who aspires to be an immunologist. Outside of The Hustler, he can be found queuing up at 2301, wandering around campus during his evening promenades or trying to keep up with his Spanish. He can be reached at [email protected].
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