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South Florence Bruin Elite Dance Squad captain Nicolai Rose jumps Monday afternoon during a performance for the Florence City Council.

FLORENCE, S.C. – Florence City Councilwoman Pat Gibson-Hye Moore found a way to disrupt the monotony of the council’s monthly meetings.

Monday afternoon, upon Gibson-Hye Moore’s invitation, eight members of the South Florence Bruin Elite Dance Squad under the direction of Dennis Breedlove performed at the council’s June meeting.

The dancers were recent graduates Olyvia Gregg, Ajmaani Gregg and Ricky Tate III; rising senior Lamiesha Brockingtonn; junior captain Nicolai Rose and juniors Chaz Amani Chandler and Ra’Quan Eaddy ; and sophomores Venezia Legette and Jadah Rush.

After the performance, Gibson-Hye Moore said she appreciated the dancers for coming.

“You know, the first time I saw you was at Mount Zion AME, and I thought it would be nice to break the monotony here,” Gibson-Hye Moore said. “We’re always so serious, but you gave us something to jump for. I really appreciate it. I wish you guys the best in your future endeavors and again, thank you.”

Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, is located on East Cheves Street in east Florence.

As an example of the monotony of the meetings, Florence Mayor Stephen J. Wukela later pointed to the second readings of nine bills on the council’s agenda. Two of those items were deferred, thus a total of seven were passed by the council.

“I love y’all’s dresses, by the way,” Mayor Pro Tempore Frank J. “Buddy” Brand II said.

Breedlove replied that the dresses were all locally made by a seamstress.

Councilwoman Octavia Williams-Blake, a 1991 South Florence graduate, said the dancers represented the school well. She also noted that Wukela is a 1993 South Florence graduate.

Olyvia Gregg, a recent graduate who will attend Coker University, portrayed Florence City Councilwoman Teresa Myers Ervin last fall in a School Foundation event.

Myers Ervin said, as a dancer, she wanted to make sure that people understood what a workout the dancers went through during their performance.

“Keep it up,” Myers Ervin said. “Continue to dance throughout your life. ... So, congratulations and keep up the good work.”

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