Shake Culture dances for the Nellie Student Support Fund



Participants of the Give Back and Dance event at the River House on Nov 30.

Kiana Blaylock, Staff Writer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.— During the holiday season, the spirit of giving is in the air.

On Nov. 30, Shake Culture Crew, a Christian hip-hop dance team at JU, hosted their second “Give Back and Dance” event.

The initiative was created to raise money for the Nellie Student Support Fund. According to the fund’s information website, this fund assists current JU students by providing financial support when they need backing with unexpected emergency expenses.

Leonna Howard, both founder and choreographer of Shake Culture Crew,  appreciates that JU understands the importance of a fund like this.

“Money and the lack of money is one the main stressors for college students,” said Howard. “I’m happy that even though it seems that a college’s main worry is tuition, JU sets itself apart by really caring about its students and their lives.”

As this was the second Give Back and Dance since the club’s inception, Howard and Shake Culture wanted it to be bigger and better. Each member strived to raise $100. The organization brought in a Zumba instructor and gave out $250 worth of prizes.

Aside from their goal to fundraise, this event was created so that students can interact with each other through laughter and dance.

Bria Walker, a student majoring in psychology and sociology, believes the organization considerably improved the event from last year.

“Shake Culture Crew held an event that evolved greatly since their first one a year ago,” said Walker. “Both times it allowed me to interact with people I don’t usually talk to through the blessing of dance.”

Due to the hard work by the members, and the donations by Kilwins, Tropical Smoothie, and Metro Diner, Shake Culture was able to raise $400 for the Nellie Fund.

“I am so grateful to be able to make a difference in the life of students,” said Howard. “Hopefully, Shake Culture can make this a tradition and continue to connect people with the love of dance and giving.”