by Faith Dawson
While most colleges and universities have dance teams, dance troupes take on a whole different meaning at HBCUs. These dance troupes are fiercely competitive, the tryout process is intense, and when you see their performances, you understand the amount of hard work and talent that it takes. Today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up features 8 HBCU dance teams that always steal the half-time show!
1) Prancing J- Settes – Jackson State University
Jackson State University’s “Prancing J-Settes” have a rich history: this team originated its own style of dance! Not many college dance teams can say that. In fact, “J-setting” is a verb that can be found on Wikipedia. This team has even performed for some professional sports teams like the Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals.
2) Diamond Dancers – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU)
Visit a Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University sporting event and you’ll see the Diamonds of FAMU dancing along with the marching band!
3) Black Foxes – Prairie View A&M University
If you’re interested in auditioning for the Black Foxes, you better be able to Chasse and Pas de Bourree (dance moves). This dance team at Praire View A&M University has a very intense audition process!
4) Mahogany n’ Motion – Morehouse College
Just because Morehouse is an all-male school doesn’t mean they don’t have a dance team! Mahogany n Motion is supported by ladies of Spelman College. Dancers on this team must maintain a 2.8GPA or above. This team also does more than dance; you can find them giving back to their communities in the Atlanta area.
5) Sophisticated Ladies – Tennessee State University
This Tennessee State University dance line has members that pride themselves on “passion, dedication, and heart for [the] team, [the] university and dance.” At TSU you’ll find them at basketball and football games, Bands of America, Honda Battle of the Bands, and other on-campus events.
6) Ladies of R.A.G.E. – Fisk University
As the premier dance line at Fisk University, members of this team seek to perform and uphold the character set forth by the group’s name, which stands for of Rhythm, Agility, Grace, and Essence.
7) Ooh La La! – Howard University
If you’ve been to a Howard University sporting event, you’ve seen the Ooh La La! girls cheering on the teams with their fiery dance moves and precision.
8) Ebony Fire – Hampton University
Hampton University’s team, Ebony Fire, danced for President Obama’s inaugural parade in Washington, D.C. If you thought the time commitment for an HBCU dance team was slight, think again! Ebony Fire practices Monday-Friday from 5pm- until they’re done.