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“Proof” Runs This: CSA Dance Troupe on Hit BET Show






Last week, Black Entertainment Television gave St. John’s University something to talk about√¢?” the Caribbean Students Association Dance Troupe competed on the hit show “106 & Park,” giving other teams a run for their money and a look inside the blood, sweat and tears encompassed by this hardworking group of girls.

The day known as “Wild Out Wednesdays” will never be the same after last week’s episode. St. John’s was represented by the dance troupe, known as Hundred Proof, in a competition against two other teams from the East coast.

On their reaction to being selected, Kaity Martinez of Hundred Proof said, “We are elated. It hasn’t hit me yet, but we will try our best.”

The group received third place. The exposure “106 and Park” provided this talented group with what could be a launching pad for their futures.

The ensemble, lead by sophomore Candis Osborne, was entered into the competition by one of Hundred Proof’s dancers.

The group of 16 had performed at Urban Music Fest earlier this month, as well as the Haraya Talent Show, and several colleges, including SUNY Binghamton and SUNY Old Westbury.

“We try to receive as much exposure as possible,” Martinez added. “[“106 & Park”] is an excellent way for our group to be recognized.”

On the show, each group was asked to perform a routine (two minutes in length). Audience members at home could vote for their favorite by logging on to the show’s Web site.

The group practiced almost every day, with rehearsals which lasted between four to six hours.

Hundred Proof blends together the dance styles of reggae and hip-hop. Each combination is a fusion of music and dance that captures both the representation of the group’s diversity and originality.

The troupe was the first group to compete on the show, dancing to the Missy Elliot song “We Run This,” while creatively coordinating each step to their signature moves.

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