The Cardinal Divas: USC now has its first-ever all-black majorette team

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — For the first time, the University of Southern California has a majorette team thanks to a dancer with a vision.

“I looked at all the dance teams and cheer teams on campus, but none of them really … it wasn’t meant for me,” said Princess Isis Lang, a 20-year-old musical theater major and the creators of USC Cardinal Divas. “I was like, ‘I don’t want to change who I am or how I dance or how I look to be on a team.'”

Majorette teams are a staple at college football games, particularly at historically black colleges or universities.

Beyoncé’s 2018 Coachella performance focused on the rich culture and heritage of the HBCU experience and included majorette-style performances.

Now, the Cardinal Divas offer USC fans the same experience.

WATCH: USC’s majorette team showcases best moves in dance-off with ABC7’s Tony Cabrera and Leslie Sykes

“You put every part of your body into this dance style,” said Lang, who created the team after meeting an on-campus athletic director.

Lang drew inspiration from teams she watched as a child at Jackson State University in Mississippi and Southern University in Louisiana.

“This is a great way for me to create a space for young black girls who feel they don’t have a place in a PWI that is a predominantly white institution,” Lang said.

The dancers say the response to the team has been overwhelming.

“In the stands, the students loved us,” said Jai Robinson, the team’s choreographer. “We had a great time. There was a small controversy on Twitter, trending topic number 2. But we use every negativity as positivity to keep moving forward.”

The new team teaches others that sometimes it’s best Not fit in so you can create a brand new, unique space.

“Having the support of students who barely know me just meant so much because… Wow! you trust me! Thanks,” Long said.

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