Photo Included with permission from Reggie Allen

The halftime show dancers dressed in their coordinating red blazers and white bandages.

Q&A: Robinson alumnus performs at the Super Bowl

"It was the first time I performed in front of thousands of people"

February 17, 2021

The Super Bowl was a memorable moment for Tampa Bay, with a home win for the Buccaneers and an iconic half time performance by The Weeknd. Alongside the singer was an army of dancers dressed in The Weeknd’s classic red blazer and bandaged face look; seen throughout the halftime show, they contributed to the livelihood of The Weeknd’s solo performance. Amongst the crowd of red blazer dancers was Robinson alum, Reggie Allen.

Reggie Allen posing in the iconic red blazer on the night of the NFL performance. Included with permission from Reggie Allen.

Allen was part of Robinson’s class of 2019 and captain of the Starlets dancing team, frequently competing, and performing at school events. Currently, they are attending school to become a professional dancer, the recent half time show was one of their biggest stage so far. They shared with us some details of this once in a lifetime experience.

Q: How did you find out about the opportunity to perform at the NFL Superbowl?

A: “I found out about this opportunity from a choreographer at this studio I go to. At first, it was an audition but after a while, people were just being invited to join this amazing opportunity.”

Q: Were there any special procedures/requirements you had to go through?

A: “We had to get tested for COVID-19 every 48 hours, wear [a] KN95 mask that they provided to us, [we were checked] for any symptoms, and the usual stay six feet apart.”

Q: How was practice before the performance?

A: “Practice before the performance was good and stressful at times. We practiced at the Steinbrenner Stadium as well as Raymond James. We practiced all together for about eight days.”

Q: What did it feel like dancing in the costume and at half time show overall?

A: “Dancing in the costumes and in the game felt very good. It was the first time I ever performed in front of thousands of people and on TV.”

Reggie Allen performs during the 2019 Marching Knights halftime show. Allen was the captain of the Starlets for three years. (Photo Kaitlyn Patterson)

Q: Did you get to keep the costume?

A: “Yes, we were able to keep our costume.”

Q: Did you get to meet The Weeknd?

A: “Yes, for a brief moment I got to say hi to him and he spoke to all of us.”

Q: Do you feel like being on the Starlets helped you get to where you are today, and what do you look for in the future, in terms of dance? 

A: “Being a part [of] Starlets has helped me get to where I am today. If I haven’t been a part of the team, I would have never known how much I love dancing. In future terms, I see myself teaching students of my own.”

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