Sanctify, an on-campus hip hop company, hosted auditions on Sept. 8.
The group was formed in 2010 by Terry Wilkerson and her daughter, Kirby, who was a student at ACU. In addition to assisting with Sanctify, Wilkerson runs her own dance studio in Abilene called Dance Discovery and helps choreograph for the Sing Song hosts, hostesses and dance team each year.
Maggie Moody, a junior nursing major from Pittsfield, Massachusetts came to ACU in 2016 and became the captain of Sanctify in 2017. She remains the current captain for the upcoming season.
Sanctify is featured in various performances both on and off campus. In the fall, the dance troupe can be seen in ACU’s homecoming parade, the annual Ethnos festival and a lip sync battle. In the spring, the team hosts their own spring show.
“We also try to have a little get together like a dinner or banquet at the end of every semester,” Moody said. “Last semester, we had a fundraiser for Abilene Christian School and hosted a backyard bash.”
Auditions for the group occur at the beginning of each semester. For fall of 2018, auditions were on Saturday from 10 a.m.- noon in studio A of the SRWC. Any student at ACU can audition, with or without experience.
“We are a very accepting group, and we hope to get a lot of people to come to tryouts,” Moody said. “We are trying to recruit as many people as we can.”
Moody said her favorite aspect surrounding her involvement with the group is the friendships formed through the art.
“Our organization really becomes a little family,” Moody said. “My favorite part of the group is definitely the relationships you make with the people. We really grow close and become good friends.”
Mission statement: Sanctify Hip Hop Company strives to redeem the image of Hip Hop throughout our campus and community, and to express our love for Jesus Christ through our passion of dance.