On Friday, March 16th, Staten Island Technical High School celebrated its annual Multicultural Show: a whirlwind of songs and dances that lit up the stage all evening. At around 7:30 PM, people filed into the auditorium, which eventually became a full house. Whether they were there to support a student involved in the show, to appreciate culture, or to spend an otherwise uneventful Friday night, the audience members were buzzing in anticipation of the performances to come.
Before the show began, we caught up with performer Allyson Pan. This was her first year being a part of both the Multicultural Show and Desi Club. What drew her to this club in particular were her friends, who have been part of the club for a few years. Being in the club for a few months now, Allyson was able to give us an insider’s look into the club and the making of its number for the Multicultural Show.
She told The Tech Times that the Desi Club had been practicing their dance for about three months, starting in January. The dance the Desi Club performed was almost entirely modeled off of Bollywood movies, with a dash of Western and Latin influences. Thankfully, those who were inexperienced in the art form had impeccable guidance from the club’s presidents: Aruni Ahilan, Priyal Thakkar, and Shruthi Satty. All three are experienced Desi dancers. Not only was the experience informative, but it was widely enjoyable, as shown by Allyson’s newfound interest in dance. Though she was a not a dancer before, she enjoyed her experience in Desi so much that she plans to continue participating in dance extracurriculars in college.
Back in our seats, all eyes were glued to the stage up front as the show began. From the more mellow movements of the Greek and Russian clubs to the sharp and rapid movements of the Korean Culture and Jewish Clubs, there was never a dull moment. In between dances, seniors Anton Lagochniak and Xenia Rudchenko delivered stunning renditions of Russian songs. To wrap up the show, Desi Club took the stage with music and dance moves that were impossible not to move along to, leaving the audience in enthusiastic applause. The cheers in the crowd only grew louder as all of the show’s performers ran out on stage and held up their respective flags, representing cultures from Hispanic and Chinese to Indian.
Of course, like at any good show, refreshments were served. Perhaps refreshments is an understatement, as the school’s cafeteria was essentially transformed into a buffet of food from various cultures. Lines of people formed outside the cafeteria, all eager to delve into cultural foods such as Russian cookies, fried rice, churros, empanadas, chicken, or cupcakes decorated for St. Patrick’s Day. Once their plates were loaded up with goods, people sat down with either their friends or families, still buzzing with adrenaline from the show. The general consensus regarding the show appeared to be positive, but then again, who isn’t happy when they’re surrounded by seemingly limitless delicious food?