13 March 2007
JSU Bands Produce STATE CHAMPIONS!
The JSU Diamond Girls, a competitive dance line, competed this past
Saturday at the Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham, Alabama. They won two Platinum Awards and have been named the new Alabama
State Dance Champions! They performed a “Hip Hop” and a “Jazz” dance routine.
After each performance they "brought the house down" said Director of Bands, Ken Bodiford. “I am amazed at the talent
level of these young ladies. I can’t imagine the number of new student recruits that we would have here at JSU if we had
a full blown dance department. When people see the JSU Diamond Girls or the Marching Ballerinas, they automatically
assume that we offer a dance degree,” says Bodiford.
The founder of the Diamond Girls is Mrs. Joy Andrews of Joy’s Dance Studio in Alabaster, AL. The JSU Diamond Girls are an
extension of the Marching Ballerinas and are all current members of the Marching Southerners.
The following team profile was featured in an article about JSU's Diamond Girls posted on the College Dance Team's September 2006 Web
page -- See September
01, 2006 Entry.
A College Dance Team Central Exclusive Team Profile
Jacksonville State Diamond Girls; Making An Impact In The
An elite dance
team at Jacksonville State in Alabama, the Diamond Girls are a part of the
larger Marching Ballerinas, the dance line for the JSU Marching Southerners
band. While the Ballerinas are celebrating their 50th year of entertaining JSU
fans at football games, the Diamond Girls were formed just three years ago as
the group’s competitive dance squad. The Diamond Girls dance team consists of 12
dancers, and are choreographed by Joy Andrews.
Andrews, who also
choreographs routines for the JSU Ballerinas, is a dance teacher that has her
own studio in Alabaster, Alabama. The team practices several times a week doing
ballet and jazz technique, and prides themselves on having an exceptional
kickline. While the Diamond Girls have only competed in regional dance
competitions so far, the squad has already won many judges awards and regional
titles over the past three years.
This year, the Diamond Girls won the regional title with
their Jazz Dance, including a Kickline at International Dance Challenge in
Panama City, Florida. They were asked to come back for an encore and won “most
entertaining” of the competition with their Hip Hop routine. At Applause Talent
in Chattanooga, Tennessee, they won a regional championship with their Jazz
routine and recorded the overall high score at the event.
daughter, Jessica, is the squad’s captain and has already won the overall senior
solo division and a Judges Award for her “Style and Pizzazz” at International
Dance Challenge in Panama City.
With the number of aspiring dancers
trying out increasing every year (approximately 80 auditioned for the Ballerinas
squad this year, while another 20 attempted to earn a spot on the Diamond Girls
team), Joy Andrews is building a tradition of excellence at Jacksonville State.
And while the Diamond Girls have not competed in national collegiate competition
yet, fans can catch the dance squad making a name for themselves while
entertaining fans all over the south.
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