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How important are dance teams in HBCU band culture?

Hey guys, I've always been fascinated by the vibrant culture of HBCUs, especially the show-style marching bands. I'm curious to know how important the role of band dancers is within this community? Are they a major factor when these bands are evaluated, like for 'Band of the Year' awards? Plus, how could the presence of these groups at HBCUs potentially impact my college application? Thanks!

7 months ago

Hey there! Dance teams are indeed a significant aspect of HBCU band culture. They add a unique flair and energy to performances with their choreographed routines.

When it comes to evaluations for awards like 'Band of the Year', the overall presentation, which includes the musicianship of the band and the performance of the dance team, is considered. The synergy between the band and the dance team also contributes to the spirit and showmanship that judges often look for, so it's important that the units both are strong individually and cohere well.

Regarding your college application, some schools give you the opportunity to list some activities you may want to get involved with. Listing a dance team can be an excellent way to showcase your commitment to participating in HBCU culture, and overall artistic talent.

Alternatively, if you've already been involved in dance in high school, writing a supplemental essay about your experience, and connecting it to your goals and priorities for college, could be a great way of showing admissions officers the tangible link between you and their school. Keep in mind, however, that it's unlikely any single extracurricular is going to be the reason why you get into a particular school. But it can be one piece of the broader puzzle you put together showing why their culture/resources are a good match for you.

Good luck with your college apps, and potential dance journey at an HBCU!

7 months ago

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