SHINE dances through football and state

by Luke Nikkel/

The Shine Dance team has finished their fall season, gone on to state, and they now anticipate their winter season. During halftimes of the football games the team would perform, after practicing twice a week to hone their skills and put together a show. The team eventually made it to state to perform a “pom” dance as well as a jazz one, placing 6th and 10th respectively. 

Senior Alex Steen said state was different this year as they recorded their show and sent it to the judges rather than doing an in-person performance. “I personally liked this because it gave less pressure to your dancing and you didn’t feel overwhelmed,” says Steen. She enjoyed the team spirit and encouragement as well as the new uniforms.  

The team is now working on a basketball and hiphop routine that may be performed during halftimes if restrictions allow. Steen is excited for this season “to show my gymnastics capabilities alongside the dance skills I have learned over the years.” There is also a new kick routine that was introduced last year, and the girls are excited to explore this new category of dance.

Another upcoming event is the Shine Showcase, a highlight for the team. “We get to spend our day teaching kids simple dances. We love seeing them smile and have fun with us and the rest of their classmates,” remarks Steen. It is a bittersweet ending to their year, especially for seniors that have spent all four years of high school participating on Shine. 


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