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Homecoming is here and the alumni are out! Over the last few weeks, several HBCUs celebrated their respective institutions with tailgates, parties, and fellowship with friends from near and far. It has us thinking about one of the best parts of HBCU culture, the notable HBCU dance team. Check out our list of the top HBCU dance squads inside.

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Often regarded as the ‘real show,’ halftime performances at HBCU football games are arguably more exciting than the game itself. The bands embody the culture. From the movement of the drum majors to the style and flair of the trombones, it’s a magical experience. But the show wouldn’t be complete without the dance team and Homecoming is when they truly show out. 

After having serious FOMO not attending the best HBCU in the world, Howard University’s homecoming, we started reminiscing on the factors that make up a great HBCU experience. (Note: We love all HBCUs)

For many Black college students, being surrounded by a group of scholars who look like you from all different walks of life is enough. There are several other elements to the experience that make HBCUs truly unique.

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It is difficult to put into words how special HBCU culture is for its students and those who are welcome to experience it each year. Homecoming reminds us of the collective joy felt when we dance alongside one another, sing in the official African American national anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and challenge the societal stigmas constantly pushed upon us in our respective industries.

Homecoming is the one time a year when all of the current students and alum join forces to root for the home team. It’s a time when former students can continue to support the places we were able to grow into the leaders we are today.

One of the best parts of HBCU culture by far is the marching band and their notable dance teams. There is literally no dance team like the ones that come from the Black experience. There’s a certain rhythm, shake, and aesthetic that is hard to replicate anywhere else.

Check out our list of the top HBCU dance teams below:

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10 HBCU Dance Teams You Need To Be Watching  was originally published on globalgrind.com

1. Southern University – “The Fabulous Dancing Dolls”


2. Alabama State University – “Stingettes”


3. Jackson State University – “Prancing J-settes”


4. Hampton University – “Ebony Fire”


5. Prairie View A&M University – “Black Foxes”


6. Howard University – “Ooh La La”


7. Bethune Cookman University – “14 Karat Gold”


8. Tuskegee University – “Crimson Piperettes”


9. Clark Atlanta University – “Essence”


10. Mississippi Valley State University – Satin Dolls