A thousand words beyond the Hill

Aaron Thompson

Shouts of “0-6” and squeals of “z-phi” punctuate against the thumping bass and clanging cymbals. Flashing red, yellow and purple lights reflect and spin off the mirror ball hanging over the Disc Jockey’s turn tables at Delta Sigma Theta’s Crimson and Cream Ball Saturday night at Ellis Place.

About 200 students came to the ball — all dressed to the nines.

Sweating bodies shook and gyrated to the rhythm as people danced to relieve stress and have a good time.

Lexington junior Antwon Pinkston said that black people have historically used dancing as a “freedom of expression.” Pinkston also said that the use of dance has not changed much since the days of slavery and that people still use dancing to to get their mind off other things.

“Black people dance… to get problems off their mind,” Pinkston said. “It goes back to slavery, when blacks danced to make themselves feel better.”

Aaron Thompson is a junior photojournalism major from Murfreesboro, Tenn. He can be reached at [email protected]