Monday, July 28, 2014

Eight DD4L (Dancing Dolls of Jackson, Mississippi) Videos

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post features eight videos of the Dancing Dolls majorette/dance group of Jackson, Mississippi (2011-July 2014). That group is featured on the American television show Bring It!.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.
As a community folklorist, in addition to watching this majorette group's marching and dance scenes, I'm particularly interested in the group's use of the chant/slogan "DD4L".

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thank to Diane Williams and the members of the Dancing Dolls majorette group for helping to raise awareness about this majorette performance art style. Thanks also to also to the publishers of these videos on YouTube.

DISCLAIMER: I'm not affiliated in any way with this majorette group or of the Bring It television show that features this group.

RELATED LINKS "Stand Battles & The Changing Meaning Of Majorettes In African American Culture"
"Stand Routines From Historically Black Colleges & Universities Dance Line Auditions"

"Dancing Dolls was founded August 20, 2001 in Jackson, MS. Dancing Dolls has become one of the most popular dance teams in the Southern Region. Dolls have won numerous dance championships and performed at countless event with JSU*.
*JSU= Jackson State University, a historically Black university (HBCU) in Jackson, Mississippi.

"DD4L" (Dancing Dolls For Life) is a chant/slogan of the Dancing Dolls of Jackson, Mississippi. This unity & enthusiasm raising chant is performed in a call & response pattern, but with the response being the same words and pronunciation as the call. That slogan is also prominately featured in that group's t-shirts and other paraphernalia.

These examples are presented in chronological order based on their posting date on YouTube with the oldest dated posts presented first.

Example #1: Dancing Dolls of Jackson, Ms

TJSU06, Uploaded on Oct 12, 2011

JSU Homecoming Parade 2011
[Jackson State University]

Example #2: BUCK OR DIE... PARADES !...DD4L

pooh bear Published on Aug 26, 2012
"Bucking" is a very old African based dance movement that is made by performing rapid, rhythmic pelvic thrusts. Coach D's definition of "bucking" is found in the video given as Example #5 below.

The Dancing Dolls' Facebook page whose link is given above includes an April 28th 2014 post announcing “The DD4L "BUCK OR DIE" Majorette Tour 2014 tours. ... a 3 day camp that teaches the art of Majorette dance. Buck or Die Majorette camp teaches the following: Marching Techniques, Struts, Basic agility skills, stretching technique, core building exercises, team building exercises, 3 parade routines, 5-10 regular stands, 3 Battle counts, 1 major field show, how to put together field shows, battle counts, etc. "...

Example #3: DD4L Highlight Reel

oneyouluvtohate, Published on Jul 28, 2013

Dancing Dolls of Jackson Highlight Reel.. A few performances from the season. Thanks for watching!!

Example #4: 'Bring It' Two-Min Sneak Peek - Premieres Wednesday on Lifetime

PilgrimStudios, Published on Mar 3, 2014

Get an exclusive 2 minute sneak peek of new series, Bring It! Premieres Wednesday (March 5) at 10/9c on Lifetime.

Example #5: Bring It - Miss D's Dance Dictionary "Dance Styles"

PilgrimStudios, Published on Mar 13, 2014

Catch 'Bring It' Wednesdays at 10/9c on Lifetime!

Example #6: Dd4l

nookie3784, Published on Mar 31, 2014

Example #7: Stand battle @ the Chicago dd4l camp

alexis wright, Published on Jul 4, 2014

Example #8: Bring it! 2014 summer premiere Teaser

MZ Jourdyne, Published on Jul 17, 2014

july 23rd is the summer premiere of the lifetime show Bring it!


courtesy of pilgrim studios

miss d notable quotes
"show em the blacks of your gums"
"tears do not soften my heart"
The beginning scene in this video was of the Bring It's cast appearance at the 2014 Essence Festival.

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