After dancing for 17 years, junior Kayla Dehoniesto didn’t know if she could continue dancing in college until she found Kamikazi.
“Kamikazi performed at my freshman orientation and seeing them made me want to join,” Dehoniesto said. “When I joined I thought, ‘This is the greatest group ever,’ and now I am in it for life.”
Hip-hop group Kamikazi uses the power of dance to inspire and influence culture at UNC and beyond for over 20 years. The group was founded in 1996 as the first coed dance team on campus. The dancers perform each year at events both on campus and at showcases around the region.
Kamikazi is looking for new spring recruits to share their passion for hip-hop. Tryouts will be held Jan. 13 and 14, and a positive attitude and a team mentality are valued over experience.
“On this campus we have an obligation to uphold the culture, and to spread the history of hip-hop,” Dehoniesto said. “Hip-hop dancers make the trends.”
Dehoniesto is one of the group’s co-directors along with junior Laura Killian. Killian said Kamikazi feels more like a family than a team — a family that just happens to practice three times a week and perform together.