Cardinal Divas of SC Sound-Off on Making History as USC’s First Majorette Dance Team
Music September 27, 2022
The Cardinal Divas of SC tell Jennifer Hudson that all dreams are possible!
On Tuesday’s episode of “The Jennifer Hudson Show,” the dance team — who made history earlier this year by becoming the first-ever majorette group at the University of Southern California — dazzled both JHud and the live studio audience with a jaw-dropping dance routine.
Their style of dancing — popularized at historically Black colleges and universities — incorporates a Western African aesthetic with jazz and hip-hop influences.
During the interview, the group — co-founded by USC student Princess Isis Lang — spoke about breaking barriers.
“A dream,” she replied when asked by JHud how it feels to make history. “I know it’s for USC, but to bring [majorette dancing] on a worldwide platform, it’s more than I can dream.”
In the interview, Princess explained that she started the group during her freshman year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. While going to classes remotely, Princess wanted to start a dance troupe when campus re-opened the next school year.
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After getting some encouragement from her mom — “Girl, you better start!” — Princess began making connections at football games in addition to posting flyers and messages on social media.
With support from a choreographer and a faculty advisor, the Cardinal Divas of SC performed at USC's football game against Fresno State on September 17 — and eventually went viral!
Aside from making headlines, the young women want to make an impact on Black youth and to show them that their talents deserve to be recognized.
“When I did this, it wasn’t for me,” Princess told JHud. “I didn’t see young girls with braids, dancing, in the public eye.”
“[This is a] way for me to show Black girls, any Black girl on any campus, at any school, if you have a dream, you can do it,” she added.
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As for their next goal, the inspiring ladies hope to perform at halftime with the USC band.
“Done and done and done!” JHud exclaimed. “I’m sure you will.”
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