Penn State Homecoming’s annual talent show “For The Glory” featured 13 acts Wednesday night. This year’s judges were THON 2022 Executive Director Kate Colgan, Performing Arts Council Chairman Brian Krall and Brian Patchcoski, Assistant Vice-President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Student Affairs.
The evening’s first performance was by The Coda Conduct, a competitive all-genre acapella band. Eleven members sang “Move” from Little Mix.
Next is Volé, Penn State’s largest all-inclusive dance organization, with over 200 members. The group performs all over campus, including at THON. Eight dancers performed the song “New Dorp. New York ”by SBTRKT.
The Pennharmonics finished third with 15 people on their roster. Fourteen of the performers focused primarily on the a cappella aspects of the song, while one sang the lead role.
The only all-male a capella group, The Statesmen, then took to the stage. Four soloists alternated in the spotlight throughout the show. This performance really started the excitement for the crowd. Common themes in their performance were the Nittany Lion and the Alma Mater. Some of the more popular lines were “Penn State Forever” and “Hail to the Nittany Lion”.
After The Statesmen, Orchesis took to the stage. Fifteen people danced to “Good Things Fall Apart” by Allenium and Jon Bellion. Orchesis’ dance consisted of jazz, ballet and contemporary themes.
As one of the only hip-hop artists, Urban Dance Troupe wowed the crowd with their night dance. The routine ran through different songs like “NASTY” by DaBaby and “Panda” by Desiigner.
The student court took inspiration from TikTok for its performance. The group used popular choreography from trending songs on the app, such as “Low” by Flo Rida with T-Pain and “Cotton Eye Joe” by Rednex.
Maya Gordienko, the solo gymnast, was next on the night. Before it could begin, however, some technical difficulties ensued. Shawn Mendes and “Good Things Fall Apart” started playing, which was definitely not the songs she chose.
Once his song “Becoming Insane” from Infected Mushroom finally started, Gordienko took to the stage with his hoop. Through tricks and tricks with the hoop, she received gasps and funny comments from the audience.
Reve Dance Company followed with its dance choreography many different songs. These songs ranged from “All The Time” by Zara Larsson, “Sunday Morning” by Matoma with Josie Dunne and “Levitating” by Dua Lipa with DaBaby. During the song titled “Lose You” by Tiesto and ILIRA, the group used shakers as part of the dance routine.
Before the Penn State Dance Alliance (PSDA) could even take the stage, people in the crowd were screaming in approval at the top of their lungs. It was the band’s first performance in two years, and it didn’t disappoint. The crux of the performance, which also received the loudest approval from the crowd, was when the members started their hitting line to the beat of Alex Newell’s “Kill the Lights”.
Rince Na Leon, an Irish dance organization, was definitely a shocking change from PSDA. However, her performance was incredibly unique with the use of Irish dancing and the only sound coming from their tap dancing. In the best possible way, the dance sounded like the start of a war movie.
Atlas, a popular THON organization on campus, has danced through the decades. His performance included the songs “You’re The One That I Want” by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, “Surfin ‘USA” by the Beach Boys, “Crocodile Rock” by Elton John, “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins, and “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls.
The final performance of the night was from the Tapestry Dance Company who danced to a high school musical mashup. The group began with a stage re-enactment with Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez.
After the performers were done for the night, the judges were to deliberate on the winner of the talent show.
Meanwhile, Allen Street Jam winner Whiplash Dance Team brought the show to a close. His hip-hop dancers have mashed up many songs, such as CJ’s “Whoopty”, Fergie’s “London Bridge” and Eminem’s “Godzilla” with Juice WRLD.
After Whiplash’s performance and (plus some careful deliberation), Orchesis was crowned the winner of the show and hit a ticket to perform at THON 2022 in February. The panel, however, did not announce any placement for another act, which certainly baffled the public.