Glance at a football game held at a historically black college or university (HBCU) and you will have a tough time just focusing on the football players. The rhythm and excitement of the HBCU football game experience is found in the stands with the marching band. The loud boom of the drums, the pronounced sound of the percussion section and the catchy chants could only use one addition, and it is ever-present. We are referring to the vivacious, delightful, soul-spirited, and electrifying ladies of the Dance Lines.
The truth is, marching bands aren’t complete without them. For close to a century, the lines have taken marching band entertainment to the next level. Dance lines are visual expressions of each and every note heard from the band. As the ladies move and twerk, they motivate the entire crowd to celebrate the music. The ladies of dance lines cheer the crowd on without ever opening their mouth and their dances are often recycled into campus-wide traditions. From the captain to the rookie freshman, if she’s on the line, her moves are solid. Though they never go unnoticed, they rarely compete. We aren’t talking about at the Battle of the Bands or regional marching band battles, we are talking about a competition amongst the ladies… Dance Line to Dance Line. So we ask you, who do you think does it best?Top 5 HBCU Dance Lines/Teams coming soon.
THE PRANCING J-SETTES – Jackson State University
Jackson State University should be very proud. With over 17% of nearly 40k votes, the J-Settes sashay their way to being the Best HBCU Dance Line for the 2014-2015 school year. The line even received honorable mention from hit television show, Dancing Doll for Life (DD4L), for originating the ‘J-Sette’ style of dance. The Jackson State University Band program began in 1971 and since this time,has raised the bar in the marching band arena. The band has several achievements including halftime performances for the New Orleans Saints, Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons, and Detroit Lions.