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Welcome to BlackOut Online

* Welcome to the Internet Home of BlackOut *

BlackOut was founded officially in the Spring of 2004.

As one of the community's newest groups, BlackOut is a performing arts collective using their hands, feet, and entire bodies rather than instruments as their forms of expression, creating a unique brand of rhythmic patterns and music that has its origins in various ethnic groups throughout past and present-day Africa as well as the African-American community in times of slavery. For past members of the Tufts community, the idea of a male step team remained as one that, for whatever reason, never materialized.

In the Fall of 2003, Bettina James, co-founder and co-captain of Envy (Tufts all-Female Step Team) taking advantage of her connections, sought out Brent Patterson, Jonathan Ringer , and Uchenna Anyikam to once again attempt to form a team. Soon after, a group of about 16 was formed thus giving birth to a new, unnamed team.

On Thursday November 20, 2003, BlackOut performed for the first time in the Spirit of Color Fall Show, Climax:

"The second act began with pounding bass. "The Black Out" combined mind-boggling coordination with a military attitude. The all-male group stepped it up with little to no music..[and] without props. The steppers threw in their own personalities with momentary pauses in the percussive action to make wise-cracks or break into less regimented dance moves."

-Tufts Daily

The Spirit of Color show gave BlackOut the exposure it needed to establish themselves as a group. In January 2004, Anyikam, Ringer, and Patterson became the first step captains of BlackOut and the team was officially annexed into the African Student Organization at Tufts University, honoring the heritage of the their performance art.

Since then, BlackOut has performed at several local venues and events and still intends to continue pushing their talents far beyond the boundaries of their home campus of Tufts University. BlackOut's goal is to expose as many people as possible to this unique and often overlooked form of dance and cultural expression. Their signature high-energy performances and stage presence is their own unique trademark that sets them aside from the rest of the performance arts troupes.

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