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MIT Dance Mix Coalition Throws a Birthday Party

By Katie Jeffreys
Staff reporter

The winking girl in headphones is nestled between the "SP"and "MiT" on enigmatic posters hung around campus. Her name is Mixie, and she represents the MITDanceMix Coalition. This relatively new student group is sponsoring a "Sudden Party", using their one-year anniversary as a reason to celebrate, according to Philip Tan Boon '01.

The event, which will be held this Friday in La Sala de Puerto Rico, will provide a wide variety of dance music, ranging from techno to "bubblegum pop." The intensity of this music will fall somewhere between that of techno played on the radio and that which "ravers" seek out.

Several DJ's will be spinning throughout the evening. The first, Shwilly B, can regularly be found at the Paradise in Cambridge. Isaac Murakami '97, who goes by DJOBI-1, is returning to MITfrom Washington, DC for the party. Finally, members of the Coalition will be spinning, including Jeremy Warner '99 and Maggie Oh '00.

A spectacle of sight and sound

The "Sudden Party" promises to appeal to all the senses. In addition to the club atmosphere provided by loud music and flashing colored lights, the organizers of the event have added special touches to ensure that this is a unique party.

For example, there will be a large video backdrop with animation provided by the MITAnim Club. The MITDance Troupe and Ballroom Dance Team will each be putting on an exhibition during the party as well.

DMC to promote dancing, DJ's

The Dance Mix Coalition is pleased to provide an activity for the MITcommunity that does not involve alcohol. "We are trying to promote non-alcoholic events. We don't believe that it is necessary to get drunk to have a good time," Boon said.

The party received funding from the Undergraduate Associationand Graduate Student CouncilLarge Event Fund and the Council for the Arts at MIT, allowing it to be free of charge for all MITand Wellesley students.

The MITDMChas about ten active DJ's. The group's goal is to "promote dance events at MITand teach people how to DJ,"Boon said. In addition to this event, the group can occasionally be seen playing music from the steps of the student center and held several classes over IAP under the title "Course MIX."