Battle Mania dance competition this weekend

Published 10:35 pm Monday, March 21, 2016

The Jazzy Jetsetters will host their second Battle Mania dance competition this month bringing teams from all over Alabama to compete.

The Battle Mania competition is at Wallace Community College Selma on March 26 at 3 p.m. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m.

Stephanie Sims is the director of the team and said she is looking forward to bringing a fun event for the community to enjoy and an opportunity for girls to get involved in something positive.

“The first Battle Mania was a sold out event. The reason why we put together another competition is because of all of the feedback I received from the community,” Sims said.

She said there were 500 people who came to the first Battle Mania competition last October. The Jazzy

Jetsetters were new to Selma at the time and brought a lot of other community dance teams from the area to the dance floor.

The roster of competitors has doubled from last year’s seven competing teams with 14 expected to participate this time around. Some of the Selma teams participating include the Ladies of Rhythm, Audacious Prima Donnas and the Saintsations — the Selma High School Band dance team.

Audacious Prima Donnas coach Clinton English said he and his team are looking forward to doing well in the competition.

“This is something we have been practicing for a while now. We’re going for the top. We want to win. Placing means a lot to them, so it means a lot to me,” English said.

Terrance Ray is bringing his team from Montgomery to compete. This will be the second time the Blazettes dance team will be participating.

“I expect my team to do very well. I think we have done great at our last competition. We prepare, deliver, stay professional and do what we have to do. The girls are ready to battle,” Ray said.

The Blazettes won first place in the parade entrance category of the Battle Mania last year.

This is the first time that the competition will have a sponsor. Money Tax Service will donate a $500 prize to be given to the winners of two categories: parade and ultimate stand battle.

The first place winner of both categories will win $250 apiece.

“The ultimate goal would be for me to continue to create a positive outlet for the youth in Selma. By them seeing the different dance teams, if they are not involved, to get involved,” Sims said.

Teams interested in competing in Battle Mania should contact Sims by phone at (334) 558-7297 or by email at ssims41773@yahoo.com to register. The deadline is March 18 and there is a $25 registration fee.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.