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Fans of Theta Encore will have to wait at least a couple months to see the annual dance competition. Kappa Alpha Theta sorority sponsors the event, which pits the nine Ole Miss sororities against each other.
This year, Theta Encore seemed to be running smoothly as usual. First the Thetas opened up the show with their performance. Then only two other sororities were able to perform before a representative from the Ford Center came on to the stage and told the audience that Theta Encore had been cancelled.
“I was shocked that it was cancelled. We were all in the audience looking around at each other. We kind of thought it was just a joke,” says sophomore Katie Kennedy, who had come to cheer on her sorority.
Taylor Byrd, who is a freshman, was all set to perform.
“We were standing outside the Ford Center all huddled up and our leaders told us that it had been cancelled. The reactions were not good,” said Byrd.
Jamey Sharman a dance choreographer who was helping out Chi Omega, said it took awhile to find out exactly what happened.
“We ultimately found out that it was an excess of powder that was flying off the costume of another sorority and ultimately it was just too much powder to clean from the stage for the competition to go on,” Sharman said.
According to Sharman, the powder made the floor too slippery for performers to dance safely.
The show will go on, though, according to Theta representative Leigh Martin.
“There are plans to reschedule Theta Encore but this will not happen until the spring semester,” Martin said.
Tickets can be refunded at the Ford Center box office but Martin is encouraging students to not get the ticket reimbursed because the money they paid is going to a good cause. Theta donates the money to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and the Scarlet Akins Foundation.
“I hope that Theta can find a good time to reschedule in the Spring, because so many of the girls want to show off their dances that they worked so hard on. We would love to help Theta find a venue and help raise money to get Theta Encore back in the spring,” says junior Betsy Baird, a fan of Theta Encore.