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Sacramento City College Jazz Dance 2013/2014
The City College Jazz team focuses on discipline of ballet and modern jazz. Photo courtesy of City College Jazz team

THE CITY COLLEGE JAZZ, Cheer and Stomp dance teams kicked off Fall Club Day with a bang Sept. 26, drawing a large crowd to the Quad with its performances of routines such as “SCC” and “Heyyy.”

The dance teams also gave these same opening performance earlier in the month as part of the school’s welcome back festivities.

“It was a blast being able to pump up the crowd and really rise the spirit on campus,” says, Jasmine Cooper, a member of the Cheer team.

All three dance teams performed distinct routines, with the Jazz and Cheer teams executing different routines at the same time, in formation. The Jazz team wore black, gold and white uniforms as the Cheer team complimented them in matching red, gold and white. Meanwhile the Stomp team wore black with white gloves and shoes.

The teams compete at the regional collegiate level with other participating community colleges, in order to place in the national competition. The Jazz Dance team took first place at the 2012 Northern California Championship.

The dance teams used to be offered as a class, but now meets as a club, managed by Coach Trinidad Stassi, who is also a professor of kinesiology at City College. All dancers must maintain a ‘B’ average, and the dance program has its own constitution and code of conduct.

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The difference between the teams, which all do completely separate routines, is that “jazz focuses on the disciplines of ballet and modern jazz, and uses a lot of technical movements in more complex routines,” says Stassi.

In contrast, the Cheer team, performs “traditional cheer routines, with strong, sharp motions, and with tumbling and jumps,” she says, while Stomp is more of a fusion of modern dance and hip-hop.

Stassi says being a member of one of the teams requires dedication. Dancers buy their own uniforms and must carve out time to practice and attend twice-weekly meetings.

“They don’t get enough recognition for the time and effort they put into it. There is a lot they have to know,” Stassi says.

Jessica Osborne, captain of the Jazz team says it’s worth the effort.

“It’s not so much that it’s hard, but it’s super fun…we’re like a tight-knit little family.”

Performing for one of the teams can also lead to other opportunities. For example, several former City College dancers have continued on by joining teams at four-year universities and national organizations. Shania Randall, for example, who danced at City College in 2011 team, now performs with the Oakland Raiderettes.

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