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Dance Team presents 'Women Making History'


GraphicThe Lamar University Dance Team will showcase its talent and commitment at its 9th annual spring show, “Women Making History”, at the Jefferson Theater, 345 Fannin St. in Beaumont on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3. 

“Portraying influential women allows me to put meaning behind my dancing,” says rookie Cardinal dance team member Kristen Simoneaux.  “Each dance has an amazing story and it makes me feel very blessed to know that each woman went above and beyond to make this world a better place.” 

“There are so many different styles in the show and there is so much going on,” says Dance Team Coordinator Brixey Blankenship-Cozad.  “I want people to see all that the dancers can really do.” 

Each year there is a new theme for the second act of the show, which then becomes the theme for the first act the following year.  The first act will continue last year’s theme of “Mixed Emotions” and the new theme for the second act will be “Women Making History.”

The show will feature more than 30 stylized numbers that allow the dancers to make their own mark by portraying artists, painters, politicians, and all types of woman who have impacted history.  Each of the 26 dancers performs in at least 10 routines created by visiting choreographers and by alumni and Blankenship-Cozad. 

“I began choreographing for the first show in 2005 when I was actually a member of the dance team and now it has come full circle,” Blankenship-Cozad said. 

Dance TeamThe dancers began rehearsing in January, finding time to prepare the show while also cheering on the Cardinal basketball team.  Two rehearsals a week and additional weekend practices became their routine until they could finally hit it hard after basketball season.

“These girls spend half of the year cheering on other organizations and this is finally their time to shine and showcase the variety of their abilities. I am very excited! This gives the girls an opportunity to let all of their work and dedication really pay off,” Blankenship-Cozad said. 

“This is our first year to perform the show two nights in a row,” Blankenship-Cozad said. The additional show is in response to the growing demand, she said.  There will be additional performances featuring Lamar Dance Team alumni and other special guests from Southeast Texas and the Houston area. 

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advanced from Blankenship-Cozad or at the Jefferson Theatre the day of the show.  Seating arrangements are reserved and are first-come, first-served.

For more information contact Dance Team Coordinator Brixey Blankenship-Cozad at (409) 880-7241 or brixey.blankenship@lamar.edu