Talent show dazzles audiences with variety of performances

By Emily Balli

In celebration of 50 wonderful, successful years of GCC being open, many faculty members (and a student) proudly showed off a wide array of talent. The talent show took place on Sept. 25 in the Performing Art’s Center at GCC’s main campus.

The show was hosted by adjunct faculty member of the social sciences department, Hannes Kvaran. Not only did he keep the audience laughing with his witty comments throughout the show, he also performed two poetic original songs on guitar about well-known astronomer Galileo. Following Kvaran was faculty member Chanda Grabowski, who sang a soulful cover of an Etta James song. Grabowski was then followed by a talented GCC student, Tyanna Williams, who performed an intense and powerful martial arts routine.      

The next performer was video production department faculty member Wayne Bruno along with special guest Bill Roussell. Together, the duo performed a lively Tex-Mex polka song on guitar and accordion. Next up, dancing waltz and salsa with dance partner Shelby Yates, was math faculty member, Phong Chau. Chau and Yates wowed the audience with two spectacular dance numbers. After Chau and Yate’s performance, host Kvaran jokingly said to the audience, “He’s a math professor? I thought dancers can only count to eight!”

Last but not least was funnyman Rick Watts…or as he called himself at the beginning of his comedy act, “Slick Rick”. Watt’s, who is an academic advisor that has been with the school for over 30 years, had the audience laughing from start to finish, and most definitely ended the show with a bang.

Since the opening of GCC 50 years ago, the school has always been known for its rich diversity among students and faculty alike. The talent show held on Sept. 25 was not only greatly entertaining but also a great showcase of all the diversity and extremely talented individuals that work and teach here at GCC.      

Phong Chau and dance partner Shelby Yates performing a salsa dance routine.
Phong Chau and dance partner Shelby Yates performing a salsa dance routine.
All the performers take a bow at the end of the talent show.  Pictured left to right:   Wayne Bruno, Hannes Kvaran, Bill Roussell, Phong Chau, Shelby Yates, Chanda Grabowski and Rick Watts
All the performers take a bow at the end of the talent show. Pictured left to right: Wayne Bruno (behind Kvaran), Hannes Kvaran, Bill Roussell, Phong Chau, Shelby Yates, Chanda Grabowski and Rick Watts

 

Tyanna Williams performing martial arts
Tyanna Williams performing martial arts

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