By Mia Brounstein
Guardians of the Divine Will men’s household competed against five household teams in Guardians’ lip sync battle and dance fundraiser on March 3 at 8 p.m. in the J.C. Williams Center.
Stella Mariae women’s household, Apprentices of Saint Joseph men’s household, Jesters of Yahweh women’s household, Daughters of Zion women’s household and Theotokos women’s household each faced off against a different team of Guardians with a song and dance routine.
The evening began with Stella’s performance of “Eenie Meenie” by Justin Bieber and Sean Kingston. Guardians’ intents followed with a performance of “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Disney’s “Mulan.”
Stella won the first round.
In the second round of the competition, Apprentices performed to Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off.” Guardians, however, won the round with a group of the household’s seniors dancing to “Can’t Take my Eyes off You” by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
A team from Jesters performed next, dancing to a mashup of worship songs through the years. Their competitor was a trio of Guardians performing a routine to “The Other Side” from the movie “The Greatest Showman.”
The Jesters’ performance took the victory for the third round.
Daughters of Zion won the fourth round with a dance to a mashup of contemporary music. Their competition was a group of Guardians performing to Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy.”
For the final round of the night, Theotokos and Guardians each competed with a performance that included impersonations of the other household. Theotokos danced to Mariah Carey’s “Obsessed” and Guardians won with their rendition of “Forget You,” by CeeLo Green.
The event was judged by Dan Dentino, vice president of student life; the Rev. Rufino Corona TOR; Cameron Ware, resident director of Marian Hall; and Jessie Leatherby, associate director of student engagement and assessment. Guardian Manny Gonzalez was the evening’s master of ceremonies.
Several hundred students filled chairs in the lower floor of the J.C. and lined the upper balcony to watch the performances. Many stayed for the dance that began at around 9:15 after the lip sync battle was over.
“Guardians did a phenomenal job putting together the night and I kept thinking after each performance that it couldn’t get better, but it did,” junior theology major Samantha Oswald said of the event. “All the households brought their A-game.”