The Catholic University of America

March 23, 2012

CUA to Film a Lipdub

Students, faculty, and staff at The Catholic University of America will film the University’s first official lipdub at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, beginning on the west lawn of the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. The event will take place during Founders Week, the culmination of Catholic University’s 125th anniversary.

A lipdub is a video in which people lip sync and dance to a song. The idea originated with two members of the Class of 2011 — Chris Pierno, who now works in CUA’s Office of Institutional Advancement, and Joe St. George. Because of busy senior year schedules, they never quite got the project off the ground while students.

When Pierno started working for Catholic University, he revived the idea and found support among colleagues for the project. He is now working with sophomores Andrea Raffle, a politics major from Yardley, Pa., and Patricia Fabijanczyk, a business and economics major from Centreville, Va., to recruit members of the University community to appear in the video.

Raffle and Fabijanczyk have been reaching out to student groups, asking them to organize members for the lipdub. They are looking for participants to wear their club T-shirts, CUA clothing, and athletic uniforms.

The two student coordinators also are helping to plan the route the camera will follow as it films participants and to select a song for the lipdub. Once the song choice is made, it will be announced to participants so that they can learn the song lyrics and choreograph a dance or routine related to the lyrics or beat of the song.

“I think the best thing about this project is that it is going to be an opportunity for everyone to let loose and have fun,” says Pierno. “I’m glad that we were able to integrate it into Founders Week as a way to show how much pride we have for our school. When Joe and I thought about this, we had one goal in mind — have fun and show everyone, both on campus and off, that CUA is a place of community and pride in our alma mater.”

Members of the CUA community interested in participating in the lipdub can sign up at or can show up on the west lawn of the Pryzbyla Center on the day of filming.