I can’t believe I had the honor and amazing privilege to capture these fantastic dancers! Passion radiates from this team as they come alive dancing from the heart.
Founded in 2006, Poize is the first and only hip-hop dance team at Kansas State University. Their mission is to show the joy of multiple cultures and diversity through dance.
Don’t miss their next show – Poize After Dark – at the Kansas State University Ballroom on April 25 at 7pm. Entry is free, however Poize is accepting support for the show through their Go Fund Me account.
Enjoy these brave, bold, beautiful dancers and soak in their own reflections on dancing as a team.
Hip-Hop dance means freedom, creativity and power! –Briana Hawkins
My favorite thing about Poize is the atmosphere when we practice together. –Calvin Nguyen
When we’re on stage, we have to power to make the audience feel how we feel. –Briana Hawkins
Dancing is a way of expressing vibrant emotion. –Christian Clark
Dancing has given me a reason to feel like a leader. –Briana Hawkins
Dancing provides a release from the stresses of school, work and life as a college student. Dancing is the reason why I stayed motivated at K-State until I had my daughter. –Briana Hawkins
Now I take my daughter to practice and the way she looks at me warms my heart! She looks intrigued and like she’s proud of me for having a special talent. –Briana Hawkins
I started dancing in middle school from my home. My mom was unable to afford dance classes, so I danced with my little sister and tried to make my own dance team. Since we moved from home to home, it made it hard for me to make friends to build a team, so I formed my own team with my siblings and danced at school talent shows. One of my proudest moments was joining a team officially in high school. –Briana Hawkins
My favorite thing about Poize is the multiple dance backgrounds represented. –Briana Hawkins
Dancing gives me an outlet to express myself. –Calvin Nguyen
We are here to help people grow as dancers and help them be more confident in themselves. Not just as dancers, but as people! Dancing is just a step towards confidence. –Briana Hawkins
Being part of this team has helped me grow as a leader as well as helped my confidence. I still have a lot of work to do, but thanks to Poize, I am continually growing as a dancer. –Briana Hawkins
I love to capture the minds of our audience. –Briana Hawkins
If you feel moved by these images of emotion, empowerment and expression, you won’t want to miss the upcoming hip-hop workshop hosted by Poize. Katie Oliver, a professional hip-hop choreographer will facilitate the workshop. Arrive at the Kansas State University Rec in Studio B at 7pm on April 22 and participate for only $5, or $15 with a custom souvenir shirt. Also come out and support Poize on April 25 from 12 to 3 at their carwash at AutoZone on 615 Fort Riley Blvd. You won’t regret giving to this passionate team, committed to self expression, diversity and personal growth.