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Photo Story: Rap, Dance Battle Contestants Bring Style to Competition

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Upbeat music bounced off the walls of the Union Connections Lounge March 9 as competitors vyed for applause to earn the title of best freestyle dancer or rapper of the night.

Junior Logan Campbell won best freestyle dancer and freshman Parker Addison won best freestyle rapper at the University Programs event. UP entertainment chairwoman Kimberly Figueroa said UP created the event to unite students with unique talents and interests.


Emcee Nikolaus Harper introduces competitors at the Freestyle Rap and Dance Battle hosted by University Programs March 9.


Emcee Nikolaus Harper watches as dancers Abraham Prince, Eizhar Anware, Austin Barbis and Christian Townsel compete at the Freestyle Rap and Dance Battle hosted by University Programs March 9.


Allen Tanner Demirel, the brother of a UA student, raps in the Freestyle Rap and Dance Battle hosted by University Programs March 9.


Mbeleci Mukandama, Eca Mukandama and Jacob Perry, community members affiliated with Canopy NWA, rap in Swahili, English and Spanish at the University Program's Freestyle Rap and Dance Battle March 9.


Emcee Nikolaus Harper reacts to the final two rap battle between junior Kevin Romero, also known as Swole Troll, and freshman Parker Addison. Winners were determined by the audience's cheers at the end of the competition, and Addison took first place in the rap portion.


The Freestyle Rap and Dance Battle audience, including members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, react to freshman and fraternity member Parker Addison winning the rap battle March 9.


Andrea Johnson-Smith was the project news editor from 2017-2018. She was a copy editor for the Arkansas Traveler and editor of the Hill Magazine from 2018-2019. Andrea was also a reporter and photographer for the Arkansas Traveler.

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