After 43 years, the HBCU Dance Team trendsetter and innovator has retired and has been inducted into the JSU Sports Hall of Fame!

Every HBCU Dance Team has copied something from the Prancing J-Settes. After 43 years at JSU, The Prancing J-Settes sponsor from 1975 to 1997, Nara Dean Oatis has retired. The thing I remember the most about the Narah Dean Oatis era, were the false eyelashes, fishnet stockings, pony tails and class, poise, charm and beauty. Oh, and the awesome dance routines. I have to give the late Hollis Pippin, J-Settes choreographer, ex-twirler and the believed creator of J-Setting, some credit for those awesome routines.

He started out as drum major. When Helen Ford, who later became Miss Black America, came to J State, the two of them were twirlers who performed with The Boom as The Ebony Twins. At the same time, he was a stern task master as choreographer for the J-Settes. After he graduated and went to Hollywood, Helen became a J-Sette.

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Narah Dean Oatis                           Hollis Pippin

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In her famous words "If you don't show it then you don't throw it, and if you don't throw it then that must mean you don't know it, and if you don't know it then you don't go. If you don't go then So!!" right before she cut you from a performance lol She truly did not play. Her with her note pad, camera and pen was lethal!! Love you Mrs. O O!!

Hollis Pippin: Hollis Pippin was born on May 03, 1950. He grew up in Jackson, Mississippi—where he graduated from the historic Brinkley High School in 1968. In the fall of ‘68, Pippin attended Jackson State College. As an avid dancer, Pippin served as a drum major for JSC’s marching band as a freshman. Pippin went on to twirl as a featured twirler, choreograph for the Prancing Jaycettes (J-Settes) as well as serve as a member of a vocal group—the Soul Train Gang. His accolades extend what is stated. I pay homage to Mr. Pippin.

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