Southern University’s Dancing Doll’s are headed to ESPN+. The world renowned dance team is being featured in the third season of the “Why Not Us” series highlighting different aspects of HBCU Athletics around the nation. Produced in conjunction with NBA All-Star Point Guard and executive producer Chris Paul, the series has highlighted North Carolina Central University basketball and Florida A&M University football in recent editions since it’s premiere in February 2021. The 3rd season of the series is set to have eight episodes and was filmed during the 2021 football season.
“Why Not Us: Southern Dance” will give viewers a first person look into day-to-day grind of the Dancing Dolls as they maneuver through the Fall semester. According to a press release issued by ESPN, the series will cover the dancers on and off the field as they navigate through their collegiate courses and busy schedule as a student athlete. Brian Lockheart, ESPN Senior Vice President of Original Content, believes that the project is well deserved for the Dancing Dolls.
“We are so excited to showcase another unique aspect of HBCU culture in this season of Why Not Us. Over the past 50 years, the Dancing Dolls have solidified their place in an elite tier of dancers and have proven to be the foremost innovators amongst the nation’s top dance teams. We are looking forward to reaching more sports fans with their unique story.”
Also in the release, Chris Paul said, “The third season of Why Not Us will continue to shine a spotlight on the importance of HBCUs and celebrate the culture and influence of these institutions,” said Paul. “This season will focus on Southern University’s nationally acclaimed Dancing Dolls and will capture the drive, talent and vision of these powerful black women leading the way.”
The show is set to premiere on August 11th on ESPN+. “Why Not Us: Southern Dance” is presented by Andscape and produced by Roadside Entertainment, Chris Paul’s Ohh Dip!!! Productions, and ESPN+.