Drill Team Competitions and Prep

by Kaitlin Berning

The PC Shine drill team has been busy preparing for both their individual and group state pom and jazz routines. Individual competition was held on November 5th in Newton. Senior Natalie Montgomery and sophomore Megan Eveland participated in, with Eveland receiving a division one rating.

Recently, the team has also competed at Wells Fargo, placing 5th out of 10 teams for their jazz routine and earning a division one rating for their pom routine. Extremely happy about their hard work, they still are willing to do more in order to improve. “We will for sure take all our comments that we got from judges and work on them for next year to improve and blow the judges away,” said sophomore Taryn Hugen.

Their pom routine themed “Wings” is a fast paced song. They focus on discipline of sharp movements and good technique. Their jazz routine is themed around the Hollywood era, so the team has costumes to match.

Some challenges throughout the season they have experiences are having more confidence, and finding themselves nervous when performing in front of different audiences. “Jazz is our weaker dance of the two dances we performed. We could have done a little better with jazz but because it was our first dance, we were nervous and some of our nerves took over,” said Hugen.

Coach Kristin was pleased with how the girls performed. “The team performed great! They did each of the routines to the best of their abilities and I could not be more proud of how they danced at State,” said coach Kristin De Bruin.

“I am extremely proud of the team, we have pushed through and have been on top of things. I’m confident we’ll do even better as the season progresses,” said sophomore Chloee Reimer.

Upcoming performances are planned for homecoming as well as their annual spring show set for March 4.

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