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.
â€śIâ€™m looking forward to the awards, the experience of the rush and emotions of winning â€” or not winning. You feel very joyful because you get to experience and actually see the hard work pay off in front of you,â€ť freshman Katherine Moreno said. â€śPerformances are just to entertain, [but] this is for [the judges] to evaluate us.â€ť
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 â€ścleaning,â€ť or conditioning moves, to make themselves look presentable on stage.
â€śI think it will definitely pay off â€” 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,â€ť Moreno said.
Dance will perform to the tunes of â€śEyesâ€ť by Kaskade, â€śFlashlightâ€ť by Jessie J, â€śOmigod You Guysâ€ť from â€śLegally Blondeâ€ť and â€śLike a Prayerâ€ť by Madonna for the competition. The performers will also dress in baseball-inspired costumes while performing their kick song â€śItâ€™s a Beautiful Day for a Ball Gameâ€ť by Harry Songsters.
â€śWeâ€™re really excited because weâ€™ve been working very hard on our dance. It’s our first time out with the new team other than the performances here,â€ť sophomore Leilah Lou said. â€śIâ€™m just looking forward to the growth of our team and trying to bring home another banner, trophies and medals. â€ť
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.
â€śWe look forward to spending time with each other a lot â€” just bonding the most,â€ť junior Chelsea Chang said. â€śThe closer we are, the better we perform, and that leads us to our goal. Thatâ€™s what we always tell each other.â€ť
By Angela Cao, Staff writer
Photo by Sajid Iqbal