IPS Dance Teams Build Character, Confidence and Serve as a Pathway to College
April 21, 2017
“We don’t pop, drop and lock it, and we don’t twerk. But we do buck (a popular move in which dancers are in a squatting position while quickly moving their pelvises back and forth),” said Blackburn, who has been an IPS educator for 45 years. She also is the choral director at Attucks. “I wanted to make sure to create an image for the girls that is respectable for everybody’s eye.”
Hargro said the dances that teams do have to keep up with the changing times to remain relevant.
Katara will attend Alabama State University, where she will study law and minor in theater. Becoming a member of the university’s Stingettes dance team would be a dream come true for her.
Both students said they have enjoyed their time with their respective dance teams and credit the teams with helping them grow into strong young ladies. They also hope they have served as inspiration for the younger generation who want to follow in their footsteps.