Ames High School to host Dub H

Members of Dub H practice in a hallway in Forker Wednesday, Dec. 1 in preparation for their upcoming performance. Dub H members were spread out through the building rehearsing.

Lindsay Calvert

Ames High School will be invaded Saturday by 500 ISU students and community members dancing hip hop as “Dub H Goes All In.”

Dub H, the ISU Hip Hop Dance Club, started in 2001 by ISU student Carin Skowronsky to provide an outlet for dance expression for dancers of any skill type. The club started with 30 people and has grown to more than 500 members, making it the largest student-run club at Iowa State.

Dub H puts on a performance at the end of each semester. Sixteen groups ranging from 20 to 40 dancers in each will perform three shows for “Vegas: Dub H Goes All In.”

The atmosphere Saturday is expected to be “crazy and off-the-wall because it’s Vegas,” said Barret Schloerke, assistant technical director and senior in computer engineering.

“We want to create that kind of buzzed atmosphere that is in the city of Las Vegas and a sense of excitement as you walk in the doors,” said Amber Nation, Dub H event coordinator and senior in hotel, restaurant and institution management.

In addition to the fog machine, black lights, strobe lights and props, the club has some new tricks up its sleeve this year, Schloerke said.

“We’ve never done some of the stuff that we’re doing,” Schloerke said.

Casting is held at the beginning of every semester where students pick which choreographer and dance group they want. There are no tryouts involved.

“No matter what skill level you are, you can join. I had no formal training. All I liked to do was going dancing, and I had a place here,” Schloerke said.

Keesha Wormely is in her second year of choreographing for Dub H.

“I push the people that are in my dances to progress as well as they can throughout the semester. Expect us to go hard, stand out and have fun,” Wormely said.

Steven Flagg, an Ames community member, has been involved with Dub H as a choreographer for five years. His said his favorite part is “teaching and seeing [his] work come alive in the dancers and challenging them to do things they probably could never do.”

Flagg said his dance groups have dynamic, challenging choreography that makes you tired by watching.

“It’s very energetic,” Flagg said. “I thrive on energy.”