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Members of Demolishion showing the people auditioning their dance on September 18th 2017. Photo credit: Juan Herrera

By | Juan Herrera

Bodies in full motion with music blaring, a usual day for HSU’s hip-hop dance team, Demolishion. Along with the rest of her team, co-captain Cassandra Cree put in work on the dance floor.

“We had a good turn out and it was turnt up,” Cree said when talking about the first day of HSU’s Demolishion hip-hop dance team tryouts.

Demolishion is a co-ed hip-hop dance team at Humboldt State that performs at pep rallies, football games, basketball games and the Van Duzer Theatre. They practice twice a week for two hours each day during peak performance season.

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A group of people trying out for Demolishion on Sept. 18 2017. Photo credit: Juan Herrera

Cree mentioned how on the first day of this year’s tryouts, they had a great group of dancers and one of their best turnouts yet.

Alexis Turner, four-year member of Demolishion, gave her thoughts about this year’s group.

“This group just gives off such a cool vibe,” Turner said, “it’s almost as if some of them have danced together for years.”

Turner also talked about how the first day of tryouts this year made her more excited and ready for the upcoming Demolishion season than ever before.

Laney Mayo, co-captain of the team, mentions that the team’s favorite and most important performance is the pep rally before the football homecoming game on October 13th.

“The pep rally is so hyped up with students, players and even teachers that the atmosphere is awesome,” Mayo said, “and when you add the factor of it being night, it makes it that much more fun.”

Mayo said the team has gotten better and better for all three years she’s been involved.

“This team is an awesome way to do what you love and have fun with people that want to do the same.”

Jacky Torres, another four-year member, said that her favorite performance is when they take the stage in the Van Duzer theatre.

“Performing in the Van Duzer allows us to show the community what we got,” Torres said, “and also give the community more opportunities to be involved with us.”

Demolishion is open to everyone in the community, not just HSU students, and they encourage anyone and everyone to join.

“There’s still a couple more days of tryouts, so anyone come on out and dance your heart away,” Torres said.

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