Photo by Mike DeRosa

Allison Holka performed "A Moment Like This" for the audience at the CAB event "Express Yourself Night."

 

December 13, 2016

Students express themselves in performances at CAB event


By Mike DeRosa

Students gathered in the Main Classroom auditorium to watch and cheer for their friends and other participants as they show off their skills in music, dance, poetry, comedy and other forms of self-expression as Cleveland State University held an open mic talent show called “Express Yourself Night” on Nov. 22.

Nadia Grynykha, head of Diversity for the Campus Activities Board (CAB) and the emcee of the event, said that its purpose was to reach a different crowd of people and to get them out of their comfort zones.

“Sometimes people need a little push in order for them to come out their shells,” Grynykha said. “With ‘Express Yourself Night,’ any student is allowed to go on stage and do any type of performance that best expresses themselves. Whether it’s singing, dancing, juggling, magic, comedy, etc.”

Grynykha noted that her main goal is to ensure that everyone has a good time and that those participating really do get the chance to express themselves fully.

Of the 25 students who participated in the event, some of the more common acts consisted of singing or poetry.

However, some students chose to express themselves using instruments, dance and comedy.

Myra Jackson, one of the performers who wowed the crowd with her poetry, said she enjoyed her experience on stage and was pleased with how the crowd reacted to her performance.

“I was so thrilled, and felt so energized,” Jackson said. “As an artist, it’s a wonderful thing to see other people get on stage. It’s empowering, and I decided to participate because of that.”

According to Grynykha, CAB has held similar events.

“Last year we had a lip-syncing battle, which was really popular,” Grynyka said. “We had a lot of participants.”

The event was free to all Cleveland State students, even those not participating. Any student who chose to participate won a free gift card.

 


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