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Mace and Crown | May 24, 2018

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Viva Las ODU

We can’t bring you to Vegas, but we can bring Vegas to ODU.

Viva Las ODU (Old Dominion Unversity) was held on Friday, February 21at 8 p.m. in the North Café. There was a massive student turnout for the event created and sponsored by the Student Activities Council (SAC).

Viva Las ODU was the highlight of student entertainment Friday, with plenty of food served and a wide variety of professional gambling tables including Craps, Roulette, Blackjack, Texas Hold Em’, Horse Racing and Wheel of Fortune.

But gambling tables weren’t the only entertainment in store for students.

Shockingly, a different form of entertainment was brought to ODU during the event surprising students as intended.

Before the event completely kicked off, around 8:30, students were seated as the curtains opened for the show.

Lining up with the idea of Vegas entertainment, students were presented with professional Burlesque dancers whose ordinate costumes and provocative movements definitely engaged students in both negative and positive ways. There were mixed reactions throughout the crowd, positive.

I was shocked, but honored to have made the event.” ODU student, Devin Williams said. “Definitely coming back next year,”

The professional dancers used their talent to depict several scenes of popular entertainment. One scene in particular was a depiction dedicated to 1961 “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” a popular movie starring Audrey Hepburn. Most of the scenes were fairly personal as most dancers never left the stage wearing more than intimate apparel.

Their costumes varied throughout the night. In some scenes their costumes were as simple as nurse uniforms while in others they were wearing a beautiful green costume with massive red feathers. There was a wide variety of music used from retrospective music from the 1960’s to hip hop and classical music used in others.

Aside from the dancers, Viva Las ODU was designed to test student limits in gambling as well as provide students with valuable entertainment and a chance to win prizes in a raffle. There were over 100 students at the event, who seemed impressed with the 27 gambling tables set up for them to enjoy.

In response to what inspired this event Justin Russell, SAC Films Director said, “SAC loves planning interesting and fun events like this to engage students.”

By Kema Effiong