As ladies of the Howard University Bisonette Dance Ensemble, we aim to use our talents to serve both
Howard and the surrounding community through entertainment and outreach.
Our goal is to personify the best attributes of the Howard woman while upholding the spirit and legacy of our university.
The Howard University Bisonette Dance Ensemble was founded in 1992 by undergraduate student from Chicago, IL, LaShaun Dodds. The founding team consisted of 8 women who wanted to entertain using their talents during halftime home basketball games.
The current team consists of 22 undergraduate women from all over the U.S. who have studied dance at an average minimum of 10 years. Affectionately known as the "Queens of the Court", traditionally the Bisonettes still perform during halftime for home basketball games. However, they are also frequently asked to make appearances and facilitate dance workshops for other on and off campus sporting events and organizations.
Although they dance while the band plays, the Bisonettes are not members of The Showtime Marching Band which houses its own dance team. Bisonettes do not perform at Howard University Football games but do participate in homecoming events.
The Bisonettes are holders of many competition titles and compete in both hip-hop and lyrical dance styles. Most notably, they are back-to-back Black College Nationals Dance Team Champions in addition to being the first and only HBCU dance team to ever compete at UDA, a popular collegiate dance competition, that is hosted at Disney World in Orlando, FL and aired on ESPN-U.
In addition to dance performance, the Bisonettes do several community outreach projects per year including the popular Jr. Bisonette program which offers dance classes and mentorship to young dancers ages 7-15 at no cost to its participants. Bisonettes also make special event appearances as well as act as on-campus brand ambassadors to companies seeking to reach the Howard demographic.