Category Archives: Dance

Get Your Zumba On

It can be both intimidating and motivating that the vast majority of the campus (or so it seems) gets a daily dose of physical activity. But, if you’d equate running Vermont hills with taking a stroll through hell, or would rather be tethered to a library carrel than brave the humid, and often over-crowded fitness center, don’t be dissuaded; there’s a new fitness option. Enter, Zumba.

Zumba is a high-energy fitness dance class that features salsa, hip hop, samba, merengue, mambo, pop, cha cha, reggaeton, cumbia, belly dance, tango, and more. Sounds saucy, to say the least. According to our dear middbeat submitters, by “treating yourself” to an hour of these “fun, easy-to-learn dance moves,” you’ll not only break a serious sweat, but “can burn 300-1,000 calories in just one class.”

If you’re into it, Zumba classes will be held here at Midd every week with a professional Zumba instructor named Lindsey, from 12:30 to 1:30 every Wednesday in the Field House, 3rd Floor Rehersal Space. You can drop in to test it out for $5 per class, or pay $60 for 12 classes (once a week for the semester). The first class is this Wednesday on September 17, and registration for the 12-class package continues online (go/boxoffice) or at the McCullough or CFA box offices until September 26 at go/tickets. If you’ve got any questions or want to learn more about the class, contact Lindsey herself at

WHAT: Zumba classes with Lindsey
DATE: Every Wednesday
TIME: 12:30-1:30
PLACE: Field House, 3rd Floor Rehearsal Space



Screen Shot 2014-05-12 at 11.06.17 AMI’d never heard of the TBS hit series King of the Nerds until the casting staff directly contacted middbeat in hopes of casting Middlebury students for their next season - this is an incredible opportunity. And what is this show all about?

King of the Nerds is primed to become television’s ultimate nerd-off. The show invites competitors spanning the full nerd spectrum to come together to face challenges that will test their intellect, ingenuity, skills and pop-culture prowess. The nerds will first compete as teams before moving on to individual challenges, all with the goal of being named the quintessential master of all things nerdy.

The show is has completed two highly successful seasons and is casting for the third. Basically, they’re looking to compile a bunch of super smart kids and make them compete in totally absurd “nerdy-based” challenges like Robot Dodgeball, Nerdiocart and a Science Fair. Not sure if you’re “nerdy” enough? Associate Producer Brian Scully wants to encourage you that King of the Nerds is looking to re-claim, diversify, and celebrate the term “nerdy” – they don’t just mean bio and math majors (while you’re more than welcome too!), they’re looking for anyone with any unique obsession with anything that works the brain – be it academics, science, robotics, fandom, comics, rubik’s cube, engineering, sci-fi, anime, you name it.

In previous seasons competitors have reigned from top undergraduate and graduate colleges and universities nationwide. While Midd has not yet been featured on KOTN, Associate Producer Brian Scully is eager to see a Midd participant this year, as he was a huge fan of Sophie Clarke’s ’11 fierceness, wit and intelligence on Survivor: South Pacific, and even remarked that this Midd grad was “one of his favorite reality winners ever.” 

Casting for season three is going on now, and ending soon, so if you have any interest please email the casting team at kingofthenerdscasting@gmail.comSeason three will be shot during the summer, so you will not miss out on any classes. AND JUST A REMINDER, IF YOU WIN YOU’RE LOOKING AT A $100K PRIZE. Just think of the Two Bros nachos that would buy…

For any questions or concerns about the casting process, email

For more information about King of the Nerds check out these sites:
official TBS page:
official Facebook page:
official Twitter account:
official casting Twitter account:

TONIGHT: Room 404 Issue 3 Release

404 Issue 3 Release Party Poster


Interdisciplinary publication Room 404 releases its third issue tonight.

Nick Smaller ’14 and Hubert Adjei-Kontoh ’14 to spin jazz/funk vinyl.

Food by the Co-Op.

Contributors to this issue include: Kate Leib ’16, Stephanie Roush ’14, Maddie Dai ’14, Dylan Otterbein ’16, Sally Caruso ’15.5, Sam Tolzmann ’14.5, Izzy Ocampo ’14

WHEN: TONIGHT (Thursday), 8:30
WHERE: Self-Reliance Solar Decathlon House
WHY: Copious free food, chillin’ on the porch of Solar D in the balmy nighttime, all your friends (bring them), Estonian synth-funk from the 80s? Also there’s this publication.

Sad or Happy or Meaningful

Middlebury student James Taylor ’14 has made a sort of documentary about live music. Many of the bands featured in this video are from the state of Vermont and from Middlebury’s campus and all interviews were done locally. He hopes that you take a few minutes to watch it. Any criticism in the comments section would be greatly appreciated.



REMINDER: Sepomana Tonight at 8

For those who’ve already gotten their tickets to Sepomana, WRMC’s Spring concert featuring Dan Deacon, Badbadnotgood, Argonaut & Wasp, and Thank God For Mississippi, read no further and just remember to stop your pregame in time to catch all of tonight’s acts.  If you don’t have tickets yet, fear not.  Swing by the box office or go/sepomtix.  Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 at the door.  Also, make sure to get the Dan Deacon app before heading over.  The app’s free, and apparently makes an audience based light show while he plays a certain song. Righteous.  Make sure to get to the show early to hear the final, final Thank God For Mississippi Show; one of the most beloved campus bands over the past couple years, if their show at Brooker this past January was any indication, tonight promises to be fantastic.  Get your tickets, get stoked, get over to McCullough at 8.  See you there.

Date: Tonight, April 19, 8 PM
Place: McCullough Social Space
Cost: $5 in advance, $8 at the door

Clockwork Orange


Clockwork Orange, the play, will be playing this weekend! Check out Middlebury’s awesome production of Anthony Burgess’s famous novel, complete with fights, lights, and a selfie. Mature Audiences only (which means it’s going to be badass, right?) Get your tickets at go/boxoffice.

Show Times:

Thursday 4/10 – 8:30

Friday 4/11 – 7:30 [Optional Talkback Afterwards]

Saturday 4/12 – 7:30




The annual spring formal is coming up this saturday! MCAB has done a really good job putting it together this year, particularly with the musical line-up. Claudia Esteva ’15 writes in:

Let’s take it back to the Roaring Twenties at the Great Gatsby Themed Spring Formal this Saturday, April 12th from 9:30pm-1:30am in Crossroads and the Social Space. A night of eclectic music starts off with special performances by Will Cuneo and Icarus & The Wax Wings(Crossroads 9:30-10:30pm), followed by D. Scott and Milk Chocolate (Social Space 10:30-11:30pm). To end the night off right, DJ Norris will take over the stage (Social Space11:30PM-1:30am). 

Semi-formal attire requested for a fantastic night accompanied by FREE FOOD (mocktails and a chocolate fountain?! Oh, yes we did!), PUB NIGHT** and a newly installed DISCO BALL. I can’t even.

**Beer and wine for 21+ Please bring 2 forms of ID (Crossroads)**

Date: Saturday, April 12th
Time: 9:30pm-1:30am
Place: Crossroads Cafe/Social Space



Last night’s Thank God For Mississippi x Milk Chocolate show was dope as fuh. And if you’re in the mood to keep vibing you’re in luck, because there is an unbelievable lineup TONIGHT in the Hepburn Zoo.  PULSE, a percussion group from Skidmore, makes their much anticipated return to Middlebury, after absolutely killing it in the Zoo last April.  They will be followed by two of the realest Funk acts you will ever see, Gabriel Garzón-Montano, lead singer of frequent Middlebury visitors Mokaad, and the always untouchable EMEFE.  It will be an awesome night of performances by a gang of artists who have all put on stellar shows at Midd in the past. Party should start around 9 o’clock.

The organizers of this event write in:

Come dance your asses off in unrestrained funkiness and percussive ecstasy. EMEFE is New York’s finest Afro-beat act, sure to get you grooving. Opening for them is Gabriel Garzón-Montano, who is the Latino incarnation of James Brown, D’angelo, and James Blake. 
Kicking off the show will be the explosive percussive experience that is Pulse.

Check out the Facebook event for more information.

Where: Hepburn Zoo
When: 9 PM
Cost: Free

TONIGHT: GlobeMed Benefit Concert ft. Milk Chocolate & Thank God for Mississippi

Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 1.49.34 PMCate Stanton ’15 writes in to tell us about an awesome GlobeMed concert tonight:

Join GlobeMed for an awesome night of music and dancing – all for a great cause! The benefit concert will feature Milk Chocolate, “Middlebury’s Favorite Interracial Rhythm And Blues Duo” featuring Mohan Fitzgerald ’14 and Innocent Tswamuno ’15 with a guest appearance by the ever-famous Caroline Joyner ’15, as well as Thank God for Mississippi, an all time favorite here at Middlebury. Three dollar entrance fee, cash preferred. All event proceeds go to Gardens for Health International - a nonprofit NGO in Rwanda that collaborates with existing health centers to eradicate childhood malnutrition through agricultural techniques and education. Concert starts early – the perfect way to kick off the first Friday back!

Date: Tonight, April 4
Time: 8:30 PM – later
Place: McCullough Social Space
Cost: $3 entrance fee, cash preferred


BEAT of the Week


Greetings Midd!

This week’s beat of the week is inspired by the fact that CHERUB absolutely killed it on Tuesday night at Higher Ground. For those who didn’t make it out or who aren’t familiar with this duo, they’re sex-pop electronica mixed with 80s inspired funk. Their irreverent lyricism and catchy beats appeal to all, so enjoy this tune (a personal favorite) to get you amped for the first weekend back from break! For those genuine Cherub fans, look forward to the release of their new album next month – they previewed a few of their new songs at the concert and they sound