Spotlight on a student organization: LSU Legacy Dancers shares their love for hip-hop, jazz and more | Entertainment

The Legacy Dance Team is a group of diverse dancers from across the country at Louisiana State University.

Madison Cannon, an LSU political communications major and chair of the dance team, said the Legacy Dancers are a student-run, performance-based organization whose primary purpose is to serve black dancers in the Baton Rouge community.

“While the dance team is open to everyone, it gives black dancers a place to showcase, especially in a white public institutional school,” Cannon said.

Legacy Dancers was founded by college students in 2004 as an all-hip hop team. Over time, it has grown into a group of dancers specializing in all dance genres, including hip-hop, jazz and contemporary. Dancers focus on quality of movement and performance, as well as building confidence.

Chloë Long, an LSU junior majoring in biosciences, is the social media manager for the Legacy Dancers. Long said a big part of the group’s mission is to share their love for dance with the Baton Rouge community with unique, family-friendly performances.

The team often performs at LSU and Southern University talent showcases and other local events around Baton Rouge. You can catch the Legacy Dancers’ next public performance at the Miss Phi Beta Sigma Pageant on October 5th.

“Audiences should expect a high-energy jazz routine with lots of personality,” Long said. “It will be our first performance with our brand new team.”

This could be considered a rebuilding year for the Legacy Dancers. After the seniors graduated last May, the band was down to just four members. Legacy Dancers reduced its roster to 28.

Kaleb Clausell, a sophomore at LSU majoring in kinesiology, is one such member. She is also the team’s treasurer. Clausell has been dancing since the age of 2 and enjoys being able to continue honing his craft in college at Legacy practices.

“In our practices, we normally perfect choreography if we have a performance coming up,” Clausell said. “But if not, we treat it like a normal class and work on training and conditioning.”

The Legacy Dancers Officer Team plans to bring in guest choreographers for future practices. Exposing new movements and teaching techniques challenges dancers, leaving room for improvement. The club also aspires to introduce a majorette workshop this fall.

Club leaders encourage anyone with a passion for dance and basic technical skills to audition for Spring Semester membership in late January 2023. Practices are Fridays from 6-8 p.m.

Legacy Dancers vice president Shemaiah Verret is an LSU junior with a major in elementary education and a minor in dance. Verret, who started dancing at 14, encourages everyone to pursue their passions. It’s never too late to start.

Legacy Dancers offers workshops open to non-team dancers for $5. Team officers recommend potential members aAttend workshops to introduce them to the team culture and get to know current members.

“If you have a passion for dancing, come try it out,” Verret said. “We look forward to seeing you.”

You can find more information about the team on their social networks @Legacy_Dancers.

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