Elite Dance Squad steps out on own with praiseworthy show

FAMU Elite Dance Squad, also known as the F.E.D.S., set out to prove just how talented it is with their spring show “The Makings of Elite,” Wednesday in Lee Hall.

The show, hosted by WANM radio personality Sean D, was filled with lots of energy.

As the curtains opened, the girls of Elite were met with applause as they performed their first scene, “Hollywood,” by rap artist Jay-Z.

“My favorite part of the show was the beginning,” said Alyse Taylor, 18, a freshman-engineering student from Dallas. “It was unique. It was something you don’t usually see.”

In their second scene, Elite used umbrellas and money as props while they danced to Fat Joe’s “Make it Rain,” followed by an old school mix of the song “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” by Missy Elliot.

In between acts, Sean D kept the crowd participating by playing a host of songs as audience members danced and sang along.

“The show was very entertaining,” said Charyse Williams, 19, a second-year pharmacy student from Lakeland.

The highlight of the show came when audience members cheered on as a little girl did the “whoop” and a combination of other popular dances during a short break.

The event not only displayed Elite’s hip hop dance abilities, but it showed their ability to perform other genres of dance such as jazz, liturgical and modern styles.

Although it did not receive as much applause, Elite took the show to another level when they performed a praise dance to a gospel song using the cross as a background.

Following intermission, Elite’s second part of the show was appropriately titled “After Dark.” It featured dances to songs by R. Kelly, Ginuwine and Janet Jackson.

To go along with the title of the second act, Elite caught the audience’s attention by taking off their button-down shirts to reveal lingerie and performing sexual dances with a group of guys.

Elite ended the show with a performance to “Like a Boy,” by singer Ciara and “Look at the Grill,” by rapper Young Buck.

Fittingly, the dancers dressed in male clothing and sported new “grills.”

Overall, the show received great remarks by audience members.

“The show was very entertaining,” said Charyse Williams, 19, a second year pharmacy student from Lakeland.

Freshman Keri Hall, 18, a general studies student from Daytona, agreed with Williams.

“The show was much better than I thought it was going to be.”

Elite president, 22-year-old health care management student Rokeisha Gloster, said she was pleased with her group’s performance.

“The crowd was really pleased,” said the senior from Miami. Gloster said the group looks forward to all their upcoming endeavors.

“I feel like we proved our point.”