The Bradley Bravettes Dance Team embraces dedication, hard work, and of course, school spirit. Supporting the Braves, the team performs at men’s home basketball games, selected women’s basketball games, and other various events on campus. Either the coach or the dancers choreograph each routine, incorporating jazz, pom, kick, and other various genres. Multiple choreographers allow each individual to grow as a dancer by learning other styles and technique, since the dancers hail from various studios and dancing backgrounds. In addition, the members further develop their leadership skills by taking turns teaching and leading practices.
In addition to homework, jobs, and other activities, the team sets aside three nights a week to practice. This does not include the extra practices needed when the team has multiple performances in a row. They all agree that they are busy, but they wouldn’t have it any other way. Between practices and all the basketball games, the girls really do become like a family and support each other. They work hard, but also enjoy laughing and sharing stories with each other.
The Bravettes have been dancing for years, but the continuation of their organization is not easy. The members independently fundraise and recruit donations every year. The dancers even personally pitch in to help with expenses when needed. Unlike many other collegiate dance teams, the success of the Bravettes is due to the volunteering of their coach and the dancers’ willingness to go the extra mile to ensure a superb team and season.
The main reason the girls dedicate all the time they do, is because they love to dance and cheer on BU! The excitement that results from a basketball game victory or a perfect performance makes all the hard work worth it. The team has grown and improved so much over the years and they seem to be continuing that trend. Their talent and smiles light up the court each time they perform, as countless spectators watch and cheer. This team truly represents what it means to be a BRADLEY BRAVE!
Please visit their web-site for more information about these talented dancers.
Bradley senior guard Andrew Warren enjoyed a career game on Senior Night, leading the Braves (11-19, 4-14 MVC) to a 90-64 rout of Drake (13-17, 7-11 MVC) Saturday at Carver Arena. Warren entered the game as the Missouri Valley Conference scoring leader and capped off his regular season with a career-best totals of 33 points, 11 rebounds and five assists and he matched his career-best with four steals. In addition to Warren’s effort, fellow senior guard Dodie Dunson scored 17 points on 6-for-8 shooting from the field and also had a stellar all-around game by adding seven assists, six rebounds and a steal.
The Braves and Bulldogs will see each other again Thursday, when seventh-seeded Drake takes on 10th-seeded Bradley in the 8:35 p.m. first-round game in the 2011 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Although the tournament’s 10th seed, Bradley won 5-of-8 games in February.
A few shots from the 6th Annual Black & Blue held at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom. This years event hosted by Mark & Jodi Scott raised $150,138.00 for the kids of Easter Seals. There was a live auction held with pottery pieces created by the kids and several items on silent auction. All of the attendees were treated to a energetic and awesome performance by the group Wedding Banned from Chicago.
Brennan Evans went 48 games without scoring a goal this season but came up with three goals in 21:12 to lead the Peoria Rivermen to a 5-2 victory over the Texas Stars Wednesday night at Carver Arena before 3,486 loyal fans. It was the first career hat trick for Evans who matched his season-high in single game. Four other Rivermen skaters earned multi-point games while goal tender Jake Allen stopped 27 of 29 shots for his 18th win of the year. With the win the Rivermen (33-21-2-3, 71 pts) jumped over the Stars (32-20-3-3, 70 pts) in the West Division and are now tied with the Houston Aeros (33-22-1-4, 71 pts) for second place.
Illinois State guard Austin Hill banked home a 6-footer with 2.7 seconds left, lifting the Redbirds (12-17, 4-13 MVC) to a 51-50 home victory against Bradley (10-19, 3-14) Tuesday night at Redbird Arena and a sweep of the annual Interstate 74 Rivalry. Bradley stormed out to a 17-6 lead in the first 8:55 of the game, but the Braves managed just one field goal the rest of the first half, allowing the hosts to pull within 25-21 at halftime. Reserve forward Jackie Carmichael fueled the Redbird rally with 12 points and nine rebounds in the half. He finished the game with game-highs of 19 points and 13 rebounds and gave the Redbirds their first lead of the night, 47-46, on a baseline move with 1:09 remaining in the game. Dyricus Simms-Edwards scored a team-high 15 points for the Braves. The National Anthem was sung by Jim Cornelison of the Chicago Blackhawks.