After 43 years, the HBCU Dance Team trendsetter and innovator has retired!

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 has retired. The thing I remember the most about the Narah Dean Oatis era, were false eyelashes, pony tails, class, poise, charm and beauty. Oh, and 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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Mrs. Oatis didn't play! She and her assistant, Bettye Hood were like drill sergeants. lol

Good maybe trendsetter not.

I CONCUR SPEEDY!!!!!

Mrs. Oatis and the Prancing J-Settes are the originators and trendsetters. The Prancing J-Settes gave us, Bucking, costume changes at halftime at each game, entering the field from the visitor's side of the field by hiding behind band members before a performance. Imitation and copying the Prancing J-Setttes by other dance teams is the sincerest form of flattery!

its called j setting for a reason.....

Speedy_Gonzales said:

Good maybe trendsetter not.

is hollis pippin alive??

Here is a video of the late Hollis Pippins former JSU twirler who helped to create the J-Sette Choreography along with Shirley Middleton and Narah Oatis in the early 1970s. Here he is with the Soul Train Gang in 1976. He introduces himself at 1:00 (repost)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlfHJIayE5s

MS GRACIE Perkins OF THE DOLLS FROM THE SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY OF BATON ROUGE LOUISIANA is THE trendsetter!!!! #KNOWYOURHISTORY

lol Narah Dean Oatis and the Settes were trendsetters whether you want to give her her proper creadit or not out of shade and hate, but it will still not change the fact!! #Iconic #Trendsetter

I will never forget one of her funniest and famous quotes to us.......

"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. Well if you do go then so, it's that simple folks."

Translation :You throw nothing that you haven't shown her in practice before the performance, and if you don't throw nothing interesting in practice then you will be cut. Mrs. O didn't play and for a small woman she packed a large punch. I love you always MRs. O O! 

LEARN your history:

The word J-Setting is an informal word or slang that means to dance like the Prancing J-Settes, the popular female dance team of the Jackson State University's Sonic Boom of the South marching band.

J-Setting has evolved to also become the name of the style of dance and dance culture that is modeled after the dance formations, movements and dress style of the "Prancing J-Settes". It originated in the late 1970s from African-Americans in the Jackson, Mississippi, area of the United States.

This dance style is characterized by a lead and follow format where one dancer initiates a series of high-energy dance moves, and the other dancers join in the movement. J-Setting features specific dance steps based on Prancing J-Settes marching techniques including the "J-Sette Walk," the "Salt and Pepper," the "Strut," and the "Tip Toe". In particular, the "Salt and Pepper" is a type of prance step for which the Prancing J-Settes are named and known. It is a high-knee lift or "high step" style of marching. Alternating legs lift with a bent knee to bring the foot up to the height of the opposite knee before returning the foot to the ground.

The JSU Prancing J-Settes typically march and perform in rows organized by height. J-Setting dancers also typically perform in a line or in multiple lines. While performing, dancers may also change dance formation similar to the way that marching bands change formation during shows on football fields.

The J-Setting style of dress is modeled after the dance uniforms of the JSU Prancing J-Settes. It normally includes a one or two piece bodysuit or form-fitting garment that covers the torso and crotch; and hosiery with knee high boots on the legs. However, other types of garments are also worn during a performance.

In 1970, Shirley Middleton and the other majorettes of the Jackson State University Marching Band met with then JSU president, Dr. John A. Peoples, to request that they be permitted to "put down their batons." The JSU President agreed; and as the majorette sponsor, Middleton assembled 18 female students to become the first Jaycettes (currently called J-Settes). Middleton, a formally trained ballet dancer, established technical performance standards for the J-Settes, as well as, standards for academic and personal behavior for its members when they were not performing. Dr. Jimmie James, Jr., then Chair of the JSU Department of Music, described the new dance team as "the thrill of a thousand eyes." During Middleton's tenure, performances included dance routines to songs such as "James Brown's "Make it Funky," and "Hot Pants" as performed by the JSU Marching Band.

Prior to 1975, Hollis Pippins, a former baton twirler for the JSU marching band, sometimes assisted J-Settes director Shirley Middleton, with choreography. In addition to performing with the JSU marching band, he performed on "Soul Train" and "Putting on the Hits" national television shows; and on "Black Gold", a local TV show. In 1975, Narah Oatis was appointed the sponsor of the Prancing J-Settes. Under her leadership, the "J-Sette Walk" and other signature marching steps were developed, and performances included an appearance on the "30th Anniversary of Motown" television show in 1990.

During the late 1970s, African American gay men who were fans of The Prancing J-Settes regularly attended the dance team's practice sessions, and performances at college football games and other events. Young gay men brought the J-Settes dance style back to their home towns, and to gay nightclubs like Club City Lights in Jackson, Mississippi; Club Skittles Baton Rouge; Incognito, Allusions, and 901 in Memphis; and Club 708 in Atlanta.

Although the Prancing J-Settes is a female dance team, in 1997 male JSU baton twirler DeMorris Adams performed with the J-Settes in place of an injured female member. However, the Prancing J-Settes have not confirmed this and, in fact, some have stated that it is not true. There is also no footage to substantiate this claim.

By the mid 2000s, J-Setting became popular in clubs such as: Club Candy'z, Splash Baton Rouge; Club Metro Jackson; Woodward, Tom Philips Post Detroit; Club 2020 Houston; Club Rush/ Chap Atlanta; Club Crystal's Lake Charles; Central Station Shreveport; and The Brick Dallas. Also several black gay prideevents host organized J-Sette battles.

The competitions seen in Lifetime's Bring It! were inspired by J-Setting competitions

Both the Beyoncé's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"and Diva music videos included a J-Setting style dance routine. Choreographer Frank Gatson is credited with introducing the J-Setting dance style to Beyoncé.

The Oxygen channel began broadcasting a 12-episode documentary series entitled The Prancing Elites Project, focusing on the J-Setting group from Mobile, Alabama.



honrae rokermore said:

MS GRACIE Perkins OF THE DOLLS FROM THE SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY OF BATON ROUGE LOUISIANA is THE trendsetter!!!! #KNOWYOURHISTORY

Great read, check this thesis  ---> THE PRANCING J-SETTES: RACE, GENDER, AND CLASS POLITICS AND THE MOVEMENTS OF BLACK WOMEN IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA

http://oaktrust.library.tamu.edu/bitstream/handle/1969.1/151010/WIC...



Stuntboi06 said:

lol Narah Dean Oatis and the Settes were trendsetters whether you want to give her her proper creadit or not out of shade and hate, but it will still not change the fact!! #Iconic #Trendsetter

I will never forget one of her funniest and famous quotes to us.......

"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. Well if you do go then so, it's that simple folks."

Translation :You throw nothing that you haven't shown her in practice before the performance, and if you don't throw nothing interesting in practice then you will be cut. Mrs. O didn't play and for a small woman she packed a large punch. I love you always MRs. O O! 

Back to this argument again for the 10 millionth time.

In other news congrats to Mrs. O on her retirement, it's well deserved.

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