Texas Tech's Hip Hop Team: Dancer's With SoulCreated by:jade samaniego
Dancer's With Soul, commonly known as DWS, was originally founded by Shanique Hudson, at Texas Tech University during the 2007-2008 school year. Shanique's involvement in the TTU dance department and local nightlife was a segway that provided the perfect platform for urban expression through movement.
The group performed at African American Fraternity events, and had a couple of club debuts as well. The following year, in the fall of 2008, Phillip Wainwright joined as a freshman at Texas Tech. The following year, Shanique's involvement in school and work increased dramatically, and she passed the management of the team on to a bewildered Sophomore Wainwright.
After the switch, the group dwindled to 5 members. Wainwright, also working in local nightlife, began exploring opportunities for Hip Hop dance at TTU, to find that he was always turned down because the group needed to be an official Texas Tech "Student Organization." In April of 2010, Wainwright applied, and was turned down.
Opening up the 2010-2011 School year as a Junior, Wainwright applied repeatedly to become an official student organization. On his third attempt that year, it was approved! By keeping a finger to the pulse of students who liked to move at the TTU Rec Center, in local Clubs, the TTU Dance department, and nearby cultural centers, Wainwright held auditions and built a team of 24 that eventually dwindled to 12. That group performed at local high schools, Tech's Got Talent, and other Texas Tech talent opportunities.
DWS has come a long way over the past couple of years with more members each year.
The team now performs at campus events, half-time performances, S.O. Sing during homecoming week, local schools in Lubbock, and more.
DWS loves performing whenever they can, but it is the bonding, hilarious, and fun practices they look forward to the most. This organization is not just a team, but a family.
Here are the 2016-2017 DWS officers. These 6 people have worked so hard to build the organization into the team they are today.
Presenting the girls of Dancer's With Soul
...and of course our talented boys
"DWS allowed me to continue to do what I love in college while bringing a group of amazing people into my life. Moving up in leadership and getting the opportunity to be President of this organization was one of my greatest accomplishments while being at Texas Tech. DWS gave me an identity and purpose at Tech and I don’t know where I would be if I hadn’t joined." - Gina (President)
"My experience at Texas Tech wouldn't be the same if I hadn't found DWS, I probably wouldn't still even be at Tech... the ways I've grown as a dancer, leader, and person in 3 years because of this team are undeniable and overwhelmingly positive." - Maddie (Treasurer)
"DWS truly inspired me to come out of my comfort zone and I'll be forever grateful for it!" - Rachel
"Being apart of DWS has brought a lot of special people into my life. When I'm having a rough day, it's nice to dance it off with my dance family." - Felicia
"Being on DWS has been like finding that missing piece to the puzzle. Being involved in the arts and dancing until college, joining the team has given me another family with a common bond." - Stephanie
"DWS gives us a great outlet to express ourselves through dance" - Nicole
"I really love being in DWS because of the freedom to express myself and meet people that are there to do the same" ...
"Because of the commonality of purpose and kindness everyone has, there's no need to worry about being judged and the atmosphere is so warm and open." ...
"I love dancing, but for some reason I love doing it more when I'm with the team, and those often seem to be the times I better myself. I'm very glad I joined" - Micheal
"I have made some of my best memories with this team. We are goofy, weird, crazy, and are constantly making each other laugh."
"DWS has been my outlet to show my personality and meet so many new people that I couldn't imagine going through college without." - Kala
"DWS allows me the opportunity to do what I love with many different people from a variety of life circumstances. Dance is what brings us all together, and sharing what we love with people we love is the greatest blessing." - Ali (Vice President)
"I cannot express enough how thankful I am to have joined this team. DWS has greatly impacted the person I have become to this day. The people I have met are one of a kind and I have been blessed to dance with them these last 4 years. We are a family and DWS will forever be a part of me." -Jade
"The friendships that have been made on this team are unmatchable. The amount of love we have for each other is unexplainable. The impact DWS has made on us is indescribable."
"This team has become a family for me and I wouldn't trade this experience for the world."
This page is dedicated to the DWS 2016-2017 seniors. They've been a part of this team when there were 8 of them and when there were 60. These dancers have poured everything they have into this team and Dancer's With Soul will forever be a part of each and every one of them.