University of Florida – VSO Modern

Most Outstanding Performance Nomination: University of Florida VSO

Performance name: VSO Modern

Performance Choreographer: Anthony Nguyen

For the first time ever, VSO Modern (VSO’s performance group consisting of members and officers) incorporated traditional into its set at VSO’s cultural shows. Furthermore, the traditional piece consisted of modern Vietnamese pop songs and upbeat dance moves. This new twist symbolizes and connects with us as Vietnamese Americans as we embody two identities: Vietnamese and American. Furthermore, the combination of traditional and modern dancing in both cultural shows contributed to the younger generation’s appreciation towards Vietnamese culture as it provided an entertaining alternative to slower traditional songs that connected more with older Vietnamese adults.