FASMODE ensemble dances way through CSUN fundraiser for Haiyan families

FASMODE: They float, glide, slide and mostly improvise. Photo by Lawrence Ochoa

FASMODE: They float, glide, slide and mostly improvise. Photo by Lawrence Ochoa

By Lawrence C. Ochoa

California State University in Northridge (CSUN) recently showcased relief efforts for the benefit of typhoon Haiyan victims under its 6th Annual Night of Expression.

This event was hailed as an impressive mainstream support to another nation’s appeal for assistance by both CSUN faculty and students.

Sponsored and hosted April 19 by the dance ensemble FASMODE, the event not only brought in donations but it also raised awareness to students about the extent of devastation to lives and properties of some of their fellow friends and relatives thousands of miles away.

There are close to 900 Filipino students entering the university this school this year, which is equivalent to 3 percent of its 38,000 freshmen population.

The pre-show was initiated by a rendition of the Philippine national anthem by freelance artist Juno, which nudged a positive ethnic chord within.

Re-Defined Dance Company, a crew of teenagers, performed to a capacity collegiate crowd and brought the house down with their intricate dance numbers, which included floating, gliding, and sliding moves. As the event drew to a close, FASMODE offered a variety of dance segments that were improvisational and expressive that brought out enthusiastic cheers from the indulgent crowd.

It was indeed a good time to let loose and support a patriotic cause.

“Even though I was born and raised in America, the show brought solidarity to my Filipino ethnicity,” said Mark Constantino, a freshman student.

One of CSUN’s pioneering organizations is the Filipino American Student Association (FASA), which was chartered in 1982 and is the oldest active Asian Pacific American Islander group on campus. It created FASMODE to give aspiring dancers within the organization a chance to display their talents. The group’s choreography during the event displayed intricate footwork and rhythm.

In 2011, CSUN ranked eighth in the nation that awards bachelor’s degrees to minorities in the field of communications. CSUN awards more California Teaching Credentials than any other public institution, more than from all the University of California campuses combined.

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