Renee’s Dance Studio in Natchitoches joined the Northwestern State University Excellence Team through a donation to the NSU Foundation. Dance studio owner Renee Oates is a Northwestern State graduate who earned a degree in theatre with a concentration in dance and has been the coach for the Demon Dazzlers dance line for six years. On the front row from left are dance students Sienna Henderson, Kyleigh Severin, Sadie Summerlin, Ainsley Armstrong, Madelynn Misuraca, Trissa Terrell, Jaden Smith and Landri Ezernack. On the middle row are Marcus Maxie, Avery Summerlin, Michelé Maxie, Nakeira White, Makenzie Davidson, Victoria Wiggins and LarKaye Carter. On the back row are Scarlett Saizan, Maria Rome, NSU Development Officer Tiffany Chasteen, Oates, Lisa King, Jolie Rachal and Crystal Brooks. The donation will support the NSU Columns Fund, a tax-deductible giving program that supports academic endeavors, scholarships and building renovations. For more information on how to contribute to Northwestern State, contact Chasteen at the Office of University Advancement at (318) 357-5213.