Dakota Center’s Drill, Drum, and Dance Innovators, known as “3DI”, have been delighting audiences and winning awards since 1969. Under the guidance of Lois Hugee and her son, percussion instructor Freddie Hugee III, hundreds of youth have learned to perform with discipline and pride.

Practices are held at Dakota Center on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 5-8 pm. Drill and drum is held year-round, while dance season lasts from September to April.

History of The Drill, Drum, and Dance Innovators

The drill team program, originally the Dakota-ettes, was organized in 1969 by Lois Lewis Hugee at the request of Dakota Street Center. The drum corp was added in 1971 with 3 drummers and the dance team was added in 1978. In 1998, the teams were renamed 3DI (Drill, Drum, and Dance Innovators). 3DI participates in parades, exhibtions, competitions, community, school and church activities.

3DI travels widely to perform at college sporting events. In 1995, all three teams started doing college football pre or post game field shows in Ohio and Alabama. The dance team performed in the Florida Citrus Bowl from 1991-1996. By 2003, 3DI was doing halftime shows for semi-pro football teams, as well as basketball opening and half time shows for Wilberforce University. They have performed at UD men's basketball halftime shows since 2005 and did UD women's basketball halftime shows in February 2011.

Over the years 3DI has won many awards and recognition throughout Ohio and other states. The drill team has been division place winner at the United Drill Assoc. Midwest Regional Champions in Chicago and Ohio from 2001 to 2010. The drum corp has been Midwest Regional Champion in Chicago and Ohio from 2001 to 2010 and has held first through third places since 2011.

Team members are between 6 and 17 years old, while 4 and 5 year olds can participate as mascots.

3DI Advance and Alumni members participate in field shows, parades, exhibitions, special performances, and competitions that permit them.

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