Edward Waters College Purple Thunder
The Purple Thunder Dance squad is composed of plus size young ladies. The squad demonstrates a multitude of dance techniques and creativity. The team is open to all female students who attends EWC. The Purple Thunder dance squad is the first plus size dance team at any HBCU, founded in 2002. After a regular day of band practice, several young ladies from the choir were teasing the former band director Mr. Marques Graham, confidently stating they could perform the same dance as petite dancers but better! Mr. Graham asked them to demonstrate what they were working with, and the tricks were brought out the bag! Mr. Graham then put forth the idea of having the first plus size dance squad, featuring the young ladies with the Triple Threat Marching Band during the 2002 homecoming show for the first time and everyone LOVED IT! At that time, Ms. Kathy and Bertran Daniels (the founders and leaders of the purple thunders) molded Purple Thunder Dance Squad to what it is today! The Purple Thunder has been slaying since 2002 and will be often imitated! Our team performs throughout the year at various events, football games, basketball games, pep rallies, parades, and several Battle of the Bands.