DeSales Faculty to be Featured Again on Hit Dance Show

by Janelle Hill | Aug 17, 2016

Bring It! Lifetime Network

DeSales University faculty once again will be featured on the Lifetime network’s hit dance show Bring It!. The episode will air Friday, September 2, at 9:00 p.m.

Bring It! features the Dancing Dolls of Jackson, Miss., an elite hip-hop majorette dance troupe with girls from ages seven to 17. The series showcases the Dolls and their dedicated moms as they prepare for competitions, parades, and other dance events.

Bring It! Lifetime NetworkJohn Bell, head of the performing arts division at DeSales, and Tim Cowart, who’s in charge of the dance major, both were filmed for the upcoming episode. Bell and Cowart appeared last season in two episodes, in which young dancers performed and then auditioned for a chance to win a full scholarship to DeSales University. Sunjai Williams ended up winning the scholarship and is now a dance major in her sophomore year.

“In our current media-driven age, an appearance of this type is excellent for getting DeSales University and its Dance Program exposed to the millions of fans of Bring It!,” said Bell.

The new episode was a chance to bring Williams’ mother to campus. But that’s not all. “In addition, the show flew in another student, to whom we had awarded a scholarship, who is also seriously considering DeSales to pursue her dance education,” said Bell. “So, in a sense, it was a mini-reunion, here on campus, allowing us to show off our facilities and faculty.” 

During her first year at DeSales, Williams’ work ethic and determination made a big impression on faculty members. “We all look forward to watching her continue to blossom in the next few years,” said Bell.

The idea for the collaboration came from Chris Lehman, a producer on Bring It! and a graduate of the DeSales television and film program. Bring It! is produced for Lifetime by Pilgrim Media Group (Craig Piligian and Megan Estrada are executive producers). It airs Fridays at 9:00 p.m. on the Lifetime network. 

About Bring It!

Bring It! is produced for Lifetime by Pilgrim Media Group. Executive producers for Pilgrim are Craig Piligian and Megan Estrada. Mary Donahue and Colleen Conway Grogan executive produce the series for Lifetime. 

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