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 Hot Ice Dancers Celebrate 30th Anniversary
 as Part of Homecoming Festivities

In 1983, a group of six NSU students sashayed onto a football field, wowing the crowd as they kicked, twisted and danced. They were the beginning of what would become NSU’s Hot Ice Dancers. Now 30 years later, Hot Ice is still smoking and many of the young women who were part of the dance squad have remained friends over the years.

On Sat., Nov. 2, Hot Ice will celebrate its 30th anniversary during NSU’s homecoming game in a manner befitting the dancers. Members from the ’80s, ’90s and 2000s will join the current dancers in a show that will recognize their past, present and future and will honor Inez Howard, founding coordinator; Emery L. Fears, the Spartan Legion marching band director who originated the group; and Rogers Brown, who was the assistant band director at the time.

It was Fears who decided to add a dance line to his band front, which consisted of the Hot Ice Twirlers, Twirling Black Fox and the Golden Girl. First known as Chain Reaction, the group of six became the Hot Ice Dancers a year later in 1984 and grew to include 16 members.

“Our mission was to seduce the crowd,” said Stephanie Wright-Jenkins, who is one of the original Hot Ice dancers, “Look but don’t touch.” The dancers caused quite a sensation. “We were like movie stars,” she remembered. “We added another dimension to the band.” Although it was fun, it was not easy. Fears and Howard had high standards, high expectations and demanded that the young women keep their reputations intact.

All the rehearsing, performing and traveling created lasting bonds among the women. Wright-Jenkins still talks with Lisa McGriff, whom she first met during that time. “We have been in each other’s weddings and have been together through divorces,” said McGriff. “We do have our arguments, just like sisters. We might argue in one breath and in the next breath we’re supporting one another.”

For game tickets, go to www.NSUSpartansTickets.com or call the Ticket Center at
(757) 823-9009.

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