As a member of AU Rhythm, Rebekah Cowart, senior in elementary education, has learned more than how to wu-tang and do the dougie.
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AU Rhythm serves as Auburn University’s hip-hop performance group and community service outreach team. During Cowart’s two years on the team, she has learned various dance moves and valuable lessons she hopes she can apply to her future career as a teacher.
“I’m hoping that some of the moves that I’ve learned from AU Rhythm will be fun for my students to see that I’m on the same level as them,” said Cowart. “I can break it down too.”
Not only has Cowart performed on the team, but this past year she contributed to the logistics of the team by cutting the music. She now refers to herself as “DJ Rebtile.”
Although, AU Rhythm performs at various on-campus events such as Greek Sing, pep rallies and community service events, the team has also participated in various competitions in Alabama. Although the team normally practices twice a week, the practices increase when performances are nearing.
Whether the team is learning a new dance at practice or bonding at their Christmas party, they spend a lot of time getting to know each other.
“My favorite part, other than dancing, would definitely be the relationships I’ve formed,” said Cowart. “We really build relationships and just get to know the other members and have fun together.”
Cowart would encourage anyone to join the AU Rhythm family. As tryouts are approaching in April, the team is in the process of determining various ways to promote the team and reach a diverse group people.
“It’s just a fun process,” said Cowart. “Even if you don’t make it, it’s fun to learn to dance and say you tried.”
Cowart remembers wanting to join AU Rhythm after watching the team perform at pep rallies. Having danced for 15 years, she was beginning to miss performing and the camaraderie that dance provided.
During Cowart’s time on the team, she has improved her hip-hop skills, made lasting relationships and learned valuable lessons. She is surprised at how much she has learned through an activity that is different from anything she’s done before.
“I really learned to be comfortable with exactly who I am and be confident,” said Cowart. “It’s all about stretching yourself and trying new things.”