A new dance style has found its way into the University of Southern California, and while the dancers have faced some backlash online, they are happy to bring their fire and diversity to campus as the school’s first major dance team.
Establishment of the Cardinal Day of SC
This year was done by Princess Isis Lang. They specialize in a dance style known as “J-setting”, popularized by the marching bands at Jackson State University, and are traditionally found only in historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Despite this, Lang is happy to bring the culture to USC, a sentiment backed by an overwhelming amount of support on social media.
Lang said on Wednesday
The new Majorette team is going crazy on the internet right now.” “It’s the perfect way to showcase and uplift Black Dancers, Black Artists and Black Joy as a whole.” A video that’s been going viral since then took place on September 17th on Cardinal Day Shows performing in SC’s first game against Fresno State.
Jada Walker said
Showcasing a style of dance he says is none of the other teams on campus, Cardinal Day has gone out of his way to relax, bringing his moves to a PWI, or predominantly white institution. Of Cardinal Day One, Jada Walker said, “I think some of the major ones that other genres don’t have is that we’re listening to the band and it’s coming from a place of feeling.”
West African Jazz Aesthetics
The team’s choreographer Jay Robinson explained J-setting as a style that “began at HBCU in the 1960s, and it blended modern as well as high-step marching bands with West African jazz aesthetics and hip-hop.” We got a lot of backlash and controversy about bringing HBCU culture to PWI,” Robinson said. “But I believe that as black students, we deserve a place to feel comfortable and to bring our culture.”
Ultimate Target One of the Trojans’ Home Games
“Not everything has been positive, but for the most part, we’ve been positive,” Walker said at an exercise Wednesday. “I like to take negativity and use it as inspiration.” As Cardinal Day plans to showcase every opportunity he gets, his team’s ultimate goal is to end up on the field in one of the Trojans’ home games. Is.
“Ultimately, fingers crossed, we make it on the field and with the band,” Lang said. “That’s why I also came to USC, not only to study musical theater, but to be a black woman and really bring the black community with me wherever I go.”