Majorette dance is a new dimension of dance that incorporates different types of dance with bucking. It was made popular by the hit show, “Bring It.” Hip-hop majorette dancing is high-energy, synchronized, rhythmic dance moves that draw from ballet, jazz, modern dance, hip-hop and gymnastics.
Majorette dancing is very popular in the HBCU World. This style of dance is very upbeats and high paced. The best dancers have high energy, facial and flexibility. Majorettes have traditionally been female auxiliaries for marching bands; the girls dress in spangled uniforms, toss batons into the air or twirl them in eight-count cadences of rigid-arm movements in time to the band’s music.
Majorette Dance Styles & Categories
At Majorette dance competitions there are a variety of dance styles and Categories. Categories can range from field show, trio, duo, creative, call out, hip-hop and stand battle. A majorettes are also baton twirler whose twirling performance is often accompanied by dance, movement, or gymnastics; they are primarily associated with marching bands during parades.
Majorettes can also spin knives, fire knives, flags, light-up batons, rifles, maces and fire batons. They do illusions, cartwheels, and flips, and sometimes twirl up to four batons at a time. Majorettes are often confused with cheerleaders; baton twirling, however, is more closely related to rhythmic gymnastics than to cheerleading.
Majorettes performed originally a typical carnival dance originating in the Rhineland, where the young women who perform this dance are called “Tanzmariechen” (Dance Marys) in German or Dansmarietjes in Dutch.
During the carnival the normal form of government is parodied. Also the army and the defense forces were traditionally parodied as a way of protesting against the Prussian occupation of the Rhenish area at the time. In Cologne, these imitations arose in particular to make Prussian militarism look ridiculous. And with a joke army that did just about everything, it would make a normal company look ridiculous.
The tanzmariechen show clear origins in the camp followers in the 18th and 19th century, and have a vibrant and eventful past. Around this time Germany had a very large number of armies, and there would be young women in each regiment, who served during the day as sellers and providers of food and drink and took on household chores like washing clothes. At the same time, many of these women and girls offered themselves as prostitutes, for which they would dress themselves more provocatively, and they would dance for the soldiers.
As of now the Majorette Dance World is one of the newest and most popular dance styles in the world. Training for Majorette dance takes a lot of discipline and passion.