The 2012 Coordinating Class Board held a Save the Children benefit concert Friday, bringing together talent from on and off campus.
Members of the tae kwon do club demonstrated their skill, dueling with each other and kicking and punching various targets and wooden boards. The audience laughed as the target-holder staggered from the force of the kicks.
Dance group Impulse showed off its dancing talents with fluid, wave-like movements and complex footwork to hip-hop, R&B and pop music.
Other talents at the concert included the female a cappella group Ursa Minors, dressed in black attire, who beautifully harmonized on three songs.
The dancing group Special Browniez Crew performed difficult breakdancing moves, including an impressive series of flips that drove the crowd crazy.
Local spoken word artist Christopher Johnson gave a poetic inspirational talk, and Brown's taiko group illustrated its skills through an ensemble performance with Japanese bass drums.
Members of Badmaash and Attitude performed dancing routines, and Brown Poler Bears demonstrated pole acrobatics and dancing, using upper body strength to hold their weight as they turned upside down. A pair of dancers from Mezcla displayed their ballroom dancing skills to Latin music. Two dancers of the group Modern Dance from Yale also performed a ballet-inspired routine at the concert. Stand-up comedy and mariachi music were performed as well.
The concert was part of the "All Ivy Initiative" created by Cornell's class of 2012. The Brown 2012 Class Board wanted to bring attention to the Save the Children Foundation and spread the word so students could "learn outside lectures and textbooks," said 2012 Class Board Community Outreach Officer Yingsi Zhang '12.
The 2012 Class Board became part of All Ivy because the initiative brings together all eight schools for a common cause, Zhang said. The initial idea was to hold a dance marathon, but the board eventually decided to change the event to something shorter that would enable them to bring out talents on campus, Zhang said.
The concert generated a turnout of more than 200 people attending despite the cold weather, allowing the board to raise several hundred dollars, Zhang said.