Winter 2016

Sugar Dance

Pop song inspires student video for the oral-health conscious

The pop band Maroon 5 sings, “Need a little sweetness in my life.” But for dental students, more appropriate lyrics are “Need a little treatment in your life.”

The Tufts chapter of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) filmed a video this summer that featured students, faculty and staff dancing to the Grammy Award-winning band’s song “Sugar,” with lyrics rewritten for the oral-health conscious. “Your sugar/wrecks teeth/won’t you come here and let me see?” for instance, replaces “Your sugar/yes please/won’t you come and put it down on me.”

On the set for the ASDA’s “Sugar” video in the Alumni Lounge. Photo: Kelvin Ma

On the set for the ASDA’s “Sugar” video in the Alumni Lounge. Photo: Kelvin Ma

The project attracted 50 participants from throughout One Kneeland Street, who handled everything from the lyrics, choreography, videography and editing to the performance; vocals were provided by Docappella, an a cappella group of Tufts medical and dental students.

Video projects have become popular among ASDA chapters, says Pei-Yun “Agatha” Kao, D18, an ASDA delegate. It’s hoped this one can be used during orientation and to help introduce new students to the school. “It was also a fun project to bring everyone together to create a memory,” Kao adds. Watch the video: bit.ly/sugarparody.

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