Dance team prepares for first competition of the season

Dance team will be competing in its first competition of the season Saturday, Jan. 16 at Santiago High School.

“I’m looking forward to the awards, the experience of the rush and emotions of winning — or not winning. You feel very joyful because you get to experience and actually see the hard work pay off in front of you,” freshman Katherine Moreno said. “Performances are just to entertain, [but] this is for [the judges] to evaluate us.”

In preparation, Dance begins first period practice every morning at 7:15 a.m, except for Tuesdays. The members also rehearse Thursdays after school from 3:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. During practices, dancers do “cleaning,” or conditioning moves, to make themselves look presentable on stage.

“I think it will definitely pay off — I feel we will just look a lot cleaner. We dance for each other and not someone else, so you feel like you have to work hard for them as well,” Moreno said.

Dance will perform to the tunes of “Eyes” by Kaskade, “Flashlight” by Jessie J, “Omigod You Guys” from “Legally Blonde” and “Like a Prayer” by Madonna for the competition. The performers will also dress in baseball-inspired costumes while performing their kick song “It’s a Beautiful Day for a Ball Game” by Harry Songsters.

“We’re really excited because we’ve been working very hard on our dance. It’s our first time out with the new team other than the performances here,” sophomore Leilah Lou said. “I’m just looking forward to the growth of our team and trying to bring home another banner, trophies and medals. ”

Along with daily practices, Dance officers plan socials once a month in order to bring the members closer. The team also hosts annual events such as its Christmas party, sleepover before nationals and Halloween party.

“We look forward to spending time with each other a lot — just bonding the most,” junior Chelsea Chang said. “The closer we are, the better we perform, and that leads us to our goal. That’s what we always tell each other.”

By Angela Cao, Staff writer

Photo by Sajid Iqbal

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