Unconventional Dance Addresses The Tough Challenge We All Face Of Conquering Fear

The Mahomet-Seymour High School Dance Team lined up, dressed in solemn, black outfits on Jan. 29, 2016, and a voice over the loudspeaker said, “I used to be afraid of tomorrow. … What room does fear have?” At that question, the team’s costumes changed from solemn black to white. Autumn Hodges, a senior at the school, is quoted on Facebook as saying, “The wardrobe change symbolized starting afraid and insecure to suddenly letting go of your fears.” The moves of the girls reflected the freedom found in realizing that fear does not have to hold a person down, but hopes and dreams and perseverance can be liberating.

According to Mahomet-Seymour High School’s website, the dance team consisting of 14 dancers ranging from 14 to 18 years old performs at sports games and competes against other Illinois high schools. The dance team also won the 2015 Illinois High School Association 1A State Championship.

The girls’ performance was posted to YouTube on Feb. 1, 2016, and has already had over 121,000 hits. Their routine uses Jon Jorgenson’s “What Are You Afraid of?” for the track, and the team’s interpretation brings cheers from the crowd. The performance leaves the people in the audience asking themselves, “What room does fear have?”


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