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UNT student, alumnae make Dallas Cowboys dance team

A love of dance — and the stamina to dance for hours on end — brought a University of North Texas student and three alumnae together to audition for and ultimately make the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue hip-hop team.

The Cowboys, in partnership with Miller Lite, selected 17 women to represent them this season as the 2013-14 Rhythm and Blue Dancers. The final squad was selected on June 7.

UNT dance junior Jessica Stewart, of Dallas, joins the team for her second year. Alumnae Kara Robinson, from The Woodlands, and Kendra Dorsey, from Mansfield, are also back on the team. Robinson is in her second year as captain of the dance team. Sammi Paradice, from Killeen, who graduated from UNT in May with a bachelor’s in dance, is joining the team for the first time.

The Cowboys introduced the Rhythm and Blue in 2009 as hip-hop dance team, break crew and drum corps. The dance team is billed as the first of its kind in the National Football League.

More than 65 dancers auditioned for the team. The audition process consisted of three rounds, with the finals on April 25 at the “Draft Day Party” at Cowboys Stadium.

The audition included choreography, interviews and a test on the Cowboys franchise history. After a month of training camp for the 22 finalists, the squad was selected by a panel of judges.


A Creative Art Studio continues summer classes

A Creative Art Studio continues its summer workshops. Three workshops starting this week offer painting and journaling instruction.

Robin Huttash will teach acrylic and mixed-media painting from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, July 10, 17 and 24, at the studio, at 227 W. Oak St.

The workshop, for beginning and experienced painters, will teach techniques for acrylic paint and using acrylic to enhance paintings. Students will need two 12-by-12-inch canvases. Other supplies are provided. Tuition is $90, and the supply fee is $5.

Huttash will also teach intermediate watercolor painting from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Fridays, July 12, 19 and 26. A different technique will be introduced each week, and the class will teach different types of brushes and paper. Tuition is $90. Students will receive a list of needed supplies, available for purchase at the studio.

Crystal Nelson will teach journaling on four Thursdays, July 11, 18 and 25 and Aug. 1. The course will teach students about making a journal, creating a signature, visual journaling and binding with old book covers. Tuition is $85, and students are welcome to bring an old book to use for binding and a variety of papers and materials. The time of the class is to be announced.

For more information or to register, call 940-442-1251 or e-mail

— Staff reports

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