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Dorsey Drill and Dance Team Wins Multiple Competitions and Awards
By Irvin L. Davis, Contributing Writer
Published June 1, 2022

Dorsey Drill and Dance Team displays some of the trophies that they won. (Courtesy photo)

The 2021-2022 Dorsey High School Drill and Dance Team recently completed an outstanding progression of dance competitions and accomplishments.   

On February 12, they performed at Torrance High and earned an award of recognition.  On March 12, they contended at the Sharp International Dance Competition at Knott’s Berry Farm and won awards in five categories.  On April 9, they competed at Sierra Vista High School and collected awards in 11 categories.    

On May 14, due to their exciting and dynamic stage presence, they were selected to be the opening act for the Cal State Long Beach Black graduation ceremony where they started the event off with a bang.  On May 15, they performed at the Six Flags Magic Mountain, Miss Dance Drill Team Competition and received awards in five categories. The team secured first place in Small/Medium Contemporary High School Dance Performance and first place in Small Co-Ed High School Dance Performance.   

From left are Naima Davis, Juquari Baskin, and Milan Reneau. (Courtesy photo)

During this spring season alone, the group won a total of 22 trophies.  Also, the City of Long Beach has invited them to perform at their annual Juneteenth Holiday Celebration held in downtown Long Beach on Saturday, June 18. 


The team consists of Naima Davis, captain; Milan Reneau, co-captain; and members Emmani Arterberry Bey, Jason Cain, Denzel Dawson, Ramiah Gladney, Emerald Green, Shyhiem Holland, Ethan Jackson, Cah’Launni Jordan, Merlaine Luenga, Allegresse Ngoma, Emory Peebles, Million Reneau and Glenn Wright. Juquari Baskin is the choreographer and Stephanie Smiley and Bridgette Rosser serve as coaches. 

Members of the Dorsey Drill Team perform their winning routine. (Courtesy photo)

Reflecting on his involvement, Baskin said, “It has been a great experience working with the Dorsey Drill Team.  I have been here for six years and this year was very special due to the post-pandemic challenges, not knowing who the participants were going to be, not having funding sources and not knowing what opportunities would be available for the students to perform.   

“Last season, most venues were closed due to COVID.  But, our team worked hard week after week and day after day.  They showed teamwork, commitment and dedication,” he recalled.   

“For many of them, this was something they had never done before.  They stepped out of their comfort zone, they trusted us, and they came out on top!” 

Dorsey Senior High School is located at 3537 Farmdale in South  Los Angeles. To learn more, visit 

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