Mahogany n Motion 2017 Auditioin Clinic ended on a high note with the #viewslide: Say it aint so

Audition Clinic #1: Mahogany ended the first Audition Clinic on a high note with The #viewslide.

Morehouse vs CAU: Front View

Rear View:

Arts in the AUC:

Morehouse Cheerleaders

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Onyx (CAU B-Ball Dance Team) CAU vs Morehouse (1.30.17)

mcdt 15

  • The First Freshman to ever make the mcdt (2015).
  • Dance Major at Spelman, c/o 19 (Possible 2yr Captain)
  • Atlanta, GA Native
  • HS: West Lake Mane Attraction (4yr vet)

2016 Audition - MnM @ 6:20 - Jaz on the far right.

2015 Audition

(Jazmine Freshman tryout routine @ 8:00) Jazmine F. (mcdt 15) and Morgan T.(Banner Girl 15' mcdt 16') perform the tryout routine.

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Mahogany really came through with the stands this season; i'm anxious to see what they bring next season. Hopefully the band is on the upswing; because those ladies need a good soundtrack to dance to.

Absolutely! Over the past three years Mahagony has made major changes in the stands with this past season being the season where one could appreciate the overall changes. Hopefully we can find some good ones with "jfree", the new captain, in the mix.

Devon said:

Mahogany really came through with the stands this season; i'm anxious to see what they bring next season. Hopefully the band is on the upswing; because those ladies need a good soundtrack to dance to.

Announcing Lauryn L. - Co-captain

  • mcdt 16'
  • Shared the Tail spot with former co-captain Teriel
  • 17-18 Tail
  • Ballethnic Dance Compamy - the premier black Studio in East Point, GA (10 yrs)

2016 Audition - Lauryns' tryout routine @ 9:32

Both the Captain, Jazmine and Cocaptain, Lauryn are from the Metro Atlanta area. I trying to come up with a name for this dynamic duo. Any suggestions?

I actually like MNM more during the basketball season than football.

She's solid. Honestly this team doesn't do it for me. Reminds me of the white teams that have all that technique and no excitement or pizzazz. MnM fall in between, leaning towards that. I agree that the MnM formula is a basketball team trying to be a football danceline too. As you can see most of their dancers who dance professionally end up on NBA squads. I think the only teams that do this well are the Stingettes and JSettes to my knowledge, and it's the other other way around (football--> basketball). MnM are missing that certain spark and star quality we feel with other teams, especially SWAC teams. In my experience at PV, it was harder to become a Black Fox than a Panther Doll and most girls who got got cut from BF ended up there. I hear it's the same at SU, too.

Ray, I don't know what I would call them...but they are set to bring it.

I think they have a more hip-hop persona on the basketball court. For the football season, they go for a slightly more jazzy/technical routine. They definitely have an spark on the field and have gotten a lot better in the stands; what seems to happen with too many dance lines is that the spectators judge them based on the the more popular squads. If they are not doing what those squads are doing then "they are horrible"; but the moment they do something similar "they copied and/or remixed squad A,B, or C". At the end of the day, these ladies kill it on the field and have a great thing going in the stands. If the school can actually put some financial support behind the band, they might be able to get and keep a director for more than 2-3 years and grow the program; these ladies need a more solid band to dance in front of.

I'm very perplexed by the "perception" that MNM is better as, or masquerading as, a basketball dance team.....

Especially when that idea is based on ONE annual performance at a huge rivalry game. Maybe this idea comes from the strong professional backgrounds of coaches Rae, DaLaina (and previously Vera)??

As far as the current state of Mahogany goes, I will agree that the past 2-3 teams haven't really lived up to what I'd like to think of and idealize as the "Mahogany" standard (and not just from a "look" standpoint), but I do understand that things are changing and progressing. The one thing I'm glad hasn't gotten away from them is the unyielding requirement for having an above-average technical background and making sure that that remains consistent across the line at all times, every single year. Not many squads can or actively succeed at doing that (beyond the Dolls).

*No shade/disrespect intended by any of the following examples, but:  there are no Summer's or Chelsea's skating by on average technique, smothered in sex appeal/charisma; no Melody's or Jordan's being prized for stunning beauty, perhaps sometimes at the cost of overlooking stronger talent that doesn't have "the look"; and no Kelsey's or Cam's who get a pass on seniority or camaraderie, despite performance that isn't quite up to par.*

I can't say much about stands, because the old, classic (and sometimes dated, lol) counts didn't bother me much. I actually almost grew to like most of them during my time there as a student, lol. The shift to more inventive/contemporized counts is nice, but I've always been more take-it-or-leave-it with Mahogany in the stands, so I have no real preference either way.

Where my girls SHINE and have always shined is on that field, and I'm so glad Rae has maintained such consistency with the level and style of choreography. I really look forward to seeing next year's squad, especially with such young leadership at the helm. It's nice to have Atlanta girls running things again, lol.

I may even try to pop up at auditions this year....

I like the team, I just feel how I feel. As a dancer, I've seen both football and basketball team auditions and dancers, HS, collegiate and professional. There is a different vibe between the two. I see MnM as the latter, no matter how much more they are on the 50 yard line. Their choreography and aesthetic look so much better on the hardwood. As far as all the girls you named...so? I'll take the fire, beauty and allure over technical, yet ordinary. When I go to a HBCU football game I want to be wowed and mesmerized. And let's not act like those girls are just AWFUL. they may not have as many tricks and stunts as MnM, but ain't nobody rushing to follow them or have full blown conversations. Don't get me wrong, I LIVE for a dancer that can give me that HBCU funk with strong dance technique. That's the dream. But as long as you give me a girl who looks the part, has their team's style down, serves it in the stands and field and most importantly she loves every second of it, I can overlook technical issues somewhat.



K.K. said:

I'm very perplexed by the "perception" that MNM is better as, or masquerading as, a basketball dance team.....

Especially when that idea is based on ONE annual performance at a huge rivalry game. Maybe this idea comes from the strong professional backgrounds of coaches Rae, DaLaina (and previously Vera)??

As far as the current state of Mahogany goes, I will agree that the past 2-3 teams haven't really lived up to what I'd like to think of and idealize as the "Mahogany" standard (and not just from a "look" standpoint), but I do understand that things are changing and progressing. The one thing I'm glad hasn't gotten away from them is the unyielding requirement for having an above-average technical background and making sure that that remains consistent across the line at all times, every single year. Not many squads can or actively succeed at doing that (beyond the Dolls).

*No shade/disrespect intended by any of the following examples, but:  there are no Summer's or Chelsea's skating by on average technique, smothered in sex appeal/charisma; no Melody's or Jordan's being prized for stunning beauty, perhaps sometimes at the cost of overlooking stronger talent that doesn't have "the look"; and no Kelsey's or Cam's who get a pass on seniority or camaraderie, despite performance that isn't quite up to par.*

I can't say much about stands, because the old, classic (and sometimes dated, lol) counts didn't bother me much. I actually almost grew to like most of them during my time there as a student, lol. The shift to more inventive/contemporized counts is nice, but I've always been more take-it-or-leave-it with Mahogany in the stands, so I have no real preference either way.

Where my girls SHINE and have always shined is on that field, and I'm so glad Rae has maintained such consistency with the level and style of choreography. I really look forward to seeing next year's squad, especially with such young leadership at the helm. It's nice to have Atlanta girls running things again, lol.

I may even try to pop up at auditions this year....

Say what you want to, but I will argue that it took Mahogany in Motion's performances at the Nation's Football Classic in D.C. to push Ooh La La to finally step it up.  The current Ooh La La is the result of a very recent metamorphosis comparatively.  I will let that sit right where it is.

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