"Someone wanted to put Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’ on the playlist once, but it was vetoed,” she says. “We love Adele, and [our songs] are very fierce but we don’t want anything lyrically that will bring people down.”
Dzurik is a thoughtful, instantly likable full-time musician who fronts Daria & the Hip Drops and teaches piano. In addition to her burgeoning music career, she estimates that during peak Carnival season, she spends an extra 20 or so hours a week dealing with Cherry business, whether it’s inventing new routines, supervising tryouts, practicing, testing sound equipment, fielding media requests, facilitating community outreach, and all the other general tasks that come with being a grassroots performance organization.
It’s par for the course for those of us who blossomed from starry-eyed spectators, simultaneously inspired by The Pussyfooters -- one of the original adult dance teams that emerged in early aughts -- and the youthful nostalgia of watching majorettes, drill teams, and cheerleaders. My group, The Organ Grinders, The Sirens, The Camel Toe Lady Steppers, Gris-Gris Strut, the 610 Stompers (a popular all-men’s dance team), The Cherry Bombs, and the bounty of other self-started teams, have all experienced growing pains.
The Cosmonaughties’ co-captains, Stephanie Stromath and Molly Brackin, put so much energy and time into keeping us functional -- and literally on our toes -- that it’s akin to having a second job. “It’s thankless sometimes,” admits Brackin, a saucy former cheerleader from Pennsylvania. “There are always opinions on everything, so many questions. There’s a lot of stuff we have to coordinate. I have things in my own life: I want a new job, I’m planning a wedding, and I have work deadlines, and I ate too many cookies, and I want to go to bed, and so many stupid things like that.”