Knightingales invite public to step right up to showcase on Saturday

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Photo provided (From left): Beloit Memorial High School Knightingales Ja'Shiyah Young, Amiyah Jones, Zanielle Robinson, Mia Ward, Arianna Dunkin, Zaydia Hughes-Taylor, Phenex Burks and Antoinesha Smith are preparing for their performance at the 10th Annual Rhythm of the Knight event at 7 p.m. on April 13. This year's event has a theme based on the movie "A League of Their Own."

BELOIT - The Knightingales Step Team invites the public to see their talents at the Tenth Annual Rhythm of the Knight Dance/Step Showcase set for 7 p.m. Saturday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

"The Knightingales never disappoint. Most people are amazed how they do their routines," said Co-coach Regina Hendrix.

The event will be held at Beloit Memorial High School and tickets are $10.

In addition to the Knightingales' performance, the South Shore Drill Team out of Chicago also will be performing military drills and dance.

"They are highly entertaining, and the crowd will enjoy it," Hendrix said.

The host of the event will be Rick Daniels, who wrote a book called "Tap Dancing Without Shoes" which features information on the Knightingales.

The Knightingales Step Team is going on its tenth year under the leadership of co-coaches and sisters Regina Hendrix and Michelle Hendrix-Nora.

An extension of the cheerleading team, the Knightingales Step Team performs step dance which uses synchronized percussion, movement and the making of beats with hands and feet. The team often performs at community and school events and is especially popular at elementary schools.

This year's Rhythm of the Knight will have themes based on the movie "A League of Their Own." The Knightingales, donning baseball uniforms, will incorporate movie lines and popular songs.

"We'll use different quotes and scenes for the movie and incorporate it into the performance which is common in the art of step," Hendrix said.

Hendrix said introducing the girls to the movie has been a treat, noting many of them had never seen it because the flick came out before they were born.

"We traveled to Rockford where the Peaches played and did a photoshoot," Hendrix said.

Hendrix urges everyone to come out Saturday and support Beloit's young people.

"It's a fun family event everyone can enjoy," she said.

The Knightingales not only step but are a close family. Team members get good grades have high attendance and serve as role models.

"It's a sisterhood," Hendrix said.

For more information people can call 608-312-3749.

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