by Lexie Matherly/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Shine’s State Drill team was awarded a Division 1 rating for their jazz routine at the Iowa State Dance and Drill competition at Wells Fargo Arena and Hyvee Hall in Des Moines on Thursday, Dec. 5. They also received fourth place for their lyrical and pom routines.
This season the PC Shine Dance Team has a new coach, Kennedy Hough. Before coming to PC, Hough taught dance for two years at Dance Express in Mankato, Minnesota.
The goals for drill team this year is to get the team more involved in school activities and to do well at state this year. Hough is excited to see the team build over the years. “My favorite part of being a coach is knowing that I’m making a positive impact on people’s lives,” said Hough.
The three captains on drill team are seniors Jocelyn Gritters, Maria Schirz, and Aubrey Belzer. The ten girls of drill team have practice Mondays after school, as well as Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings.
Some girls enjoy some dances more than others. “I love our competition jazz routine this year! I like it because it’s such a sassy routine we get to add a little of our own unique flare to the choreography,” said Schirz.
The dancers also appreciate the varieties in the dance routines. “My favorite routine is either state jazz or state lyrical because those are my favorite styles of dance. Jazz you get to add lots of sass to it and just have fun, and lyrical is a very beautiful style that you can portray a vast array of emotions through,” said Gritters.
Shine learned a lot of dances over the summer, going to Dordt University Camp where they learned a hip hop and a football routine to the songs “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and “High Hopes”. The girls performed both of those songs during the football season.