UF student’s point dance helps her win pageant

Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 9:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 9:57 p.m.

Ever since Jazmin Grant, a UF senior studying business management, was a little girl, she’s wanted to dance. But she got resistance from those who cared about her.

“They didn’t want me to because I was small and they didn’t think my ankles would support it,” Grant recalled. “But I still did it.”

In fact, Grant has been doing her point dance since the seventh grade and was a “dance major” at her middle school.

On Sunday night, Grant’s persistence paid big dividends. Her point dance wowed the judges and she was declared the winner of the Miss Phi Beta Sigma pageant -- an honor that comes with a $1,500 scholarship.

Also honored at the pageant, which was held in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom, Nicole Jackson received a $300 scholarship for the title of Miss Blue, while Kaityre Pinder won a $200 scholarship for the title of Miss White.

The pageant’s seven female contestants participated in several categories, including swimwear, talent, formal wear and a question and answer session. The talent acts consisted of singing, point dancing, patron twirling, gymnastics, piano and poetry slam.

Grant said she spent a couple of months preparing for the event, holding rehearsals a few times a week.

“All the contestants put in their hard work and prepared very highly for this,” Grant said. “I’ve been preparing since November.”

According to Marcus Dixon, a UF senior and member of Phi Beta Sigma who played a significant role in orchestrating Sunday’s pageant, Grant will serve as a female representative of the fraternity. She will serve as its spokesperson for the different service activities and organizations she’s involved in around campus.

“I think the girls did an absolutely amazing job and we’re so proud of them,” Dixon said. We couldn’t have asked for anything better.”

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