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As a member of Jackson State University’s Prancing J-Settes, Dr. Shavonda LaKay Pannell learned firsthand the positive power of dance.
“Jackson, Mississippi, had a lot of community dance teams,” says Pannell, a Tulsa native. “After I left Jackson, I really wanted to bring something like that back home for young ladies in the community. I knew I wanted to be able to give back to young ladies in a positive way, and I know dance helps build character and self-awareness.”
With the debut of “Bring It!,” a popular dance reality TV series, Pannell saw her opportunity. The program showcases the community majorette dance teams in the South, specifically the Dancing Dolls of Jackson under the direction of Dianna Williams. “Once the show came out, and (Williams) exposed the world to the majorette dance style known as ‘bucking,’ I felt it was safe to introduce that style to Tulsa.”