Venom dancers always ready to strike

The FAMU Venom Pom dance squad. 
Photo Courtesy of the Venom dance squad.

Florida A&M University Rattlers are known for their school pride and liveliness. However, many organizations that contribute to the school spirit are often overlooked. Groups on campus like the FAMU Venom Pom squad are typically seen on the sidelines.  But its members play major roles at the university and keep the school spirit alive.

FAMU Venom Pom squad is one of the many exciting, fun and spirited dance teams on campus. Venom was founded in 1994 by eight talented ladies on the campus of Florida A&M. The Venom squad lives by the values of class, dignity, and style always. Similar to NBA or NFL cheerleaders, Venom is a pom-pom style team that incorporates band dancing, hip-hop techniques, and spirit. Venom takes pride in having the opportunity to cheer on the Rattlers through the art of dance.

The Venom squad appearances do not just stop at the field on game days. Venom is an independent spirit organization that has a history of competing in national dance competitions.

“Venom means performing to the best of my ability on the field, in the classroom, and in our community,” said Venom dancer Ariyon Dailey.

“Venom means class, dignity, and style, always,” said Venom dancer Autumn Thompson.  

Co-Captain Essence Thompson said, “I dream of becoming a pro-NBA dancer. Being a part of Venom is preparing me for my goal while having fun.”

The Venom squad will be performing at Wednesday’ Homecoming Pep Rally and at the Homecoming game on Saturday.

Students who want to join the eminent squad can attend the interest meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Efferson Student Union multi-purpose room C.