GIG hits the jackpot

How’s your luck in blackjack? Not great? Well, many students say that if there’s one thing you can bet on, it’s that APU’s Communiversity has held another smash hit event. On Feb. 6, the annual GIG dance took place at the Majestic Downtown in the heart of Los Angeles from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.

The “Casino Royale” theme night was equipped with all sorts of entertainment for the student body. Stilt walkers, magicians, jugglers, blackjack and roulette tables, a photo booth, a caricaturist and disk jockey ZAP created the illusion that guests had been transported to a James Bond movie set.

“One of the things we wanted for this year was to make the venues accessible, and that was kind of what we had in mind when we searched for the location. What made it special is that it is one of those places that you can’t just go to on a normal weekend, and that’s what we were aiming for,” said senior communication studies major and campus life intern Taylor Lund.

Tickets were on sale for $20 a week prior to the event.

“We had the capacity for about 1,200 so we were shooting for along those lines,” Lund said. 750 people ended up attending.

The dance has been in the works for a couple months. Once “Les Femmes” was over, the planning began. A lot of time and effort went into not only preparing but searching for a place, DJ, decorations and different forms of entertainment.

“For the theme, we went for the feel of the place, so once we got there (the Majestic Downtown) and saw the inside of it, we began thinking what this place reminded us (of) and came up with a James Bond casino theme,” Lund said.

There is a bit of history behind this unique space where the dance took place. The stunning Majestic Downtown has been a hotspot for Hollywood productions. Everything from films to commercials to music videos has been filmed there. “Spiderman 2,” “Mad Men,” “CSI” and Usher’s “DJ Got Us Falling in Love Again” music video are just a few of the site’s credits. It was built in 1921 and designed by Schultze and Weaver, a world-renowned architectural firm. The hall is located on South Spring Street in Los Angeles.

The Campus Life Crew wanted the vibe to be suave and classy, which seemed to be achieved. People said that once they stepped out onto that dance floor, the vibes were fun and energetic.

“This was my first dance, and I had a great time,” said Joshua Robles, a sophomore. “I really loved the theme and I thought it went well with the place they chose.”

Those attending were not only dancing on the floor downstairs, but also while they waited in lines for drawings or photos. There was soda, water and Red Bull for anyone who needed to refuel after all that dancing. The stilt walkers and jugglers roamed around, looking to entertain and take pictures with students. There were also several chances to win gift cards to Target, Starbucks and Chick-fil-A in a raffle.

“I got to mix and mingle with friends, see a magician do the impossible, and dance the night away!” said Sarah MacIntosh, a junior accounting major.

All in all, it was an evening to remember, with the song “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars ending the night for one final dance.

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