JSU names alumnus new Prancing J-Settes director

Jackson State University has selected alumnus Chloé Ashley as director of the JSU Prancing J-Settes.


Ashley, a native of Jackson and graduate of Murrah High School, was trained in ballet, modern and jazz at Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex.  She obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics from Jackson State University while performing in the Sonic Boom of the South marching band as a member and captain of the Prancing J-Settes.

Ashley is currently pursuing a master’s degree in dance education from New York University.  Aside from her studies in New York, she has choreographed, taught and performed various genres of dance ranging from ballet to East African. In May, she will perform at Radio City Music Hall.

The Sonic Boom of the South released a statement on its website, www.sonicboomofthesouth.com: “We are pleased to welcome Ms. Chloé Ashley as the next Director of the famous Prancing J-Settes. We are also confident the J-Settes are now poised to soar to even higher heights.”

Ashley will return to campus after completion of her studies in May at New York University.


-Darrell Robinson, Jr.


  1. mashyda says:

    i cant wait to audition this summer coming from detroit…..

  2. Montique Clark says:

    Congratulations Chloe!

  3. LaFreda Sias says:

    I marched in the band with her mother. Congratulations and we support you!

  4. Gerald cross says:

    Congrats niece we are proud of you and you will be a great leader love uncle

  5. Sherri Ratliff says:

    So proud and happy for you Chole Ashley.

  6. Martha Taplin says:

    Congrats! Well deserved…

  7. Marilyn Reed says:

    I have known this young lady many years. I am very proud of her. She will do an EXCELLENT job.

  8. Dr. Hilliard Lackey says:

    I knew Chloe before she knew herself. In fact, her grandmother was a J-State Majorette, her mother a J-Sette, and her sister a J-Sette and Miss JSU. Yeah, I know her dad as well who is a Jacksonian and serves as a campus photographer from time to time. This family is steeped in the history, tradition, and legacy of Jackson State University. In many ways, they are superb role models. If there had to be a change, which I know nothing about, this is a great choice.

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