By Chloee Reimer
Shine drill team will wrap up its season on March 4 at 7:00 with the Shine Spring Show, when the 11 team members will showcase their talents by performing all their routines from the season. The show will also consist of solo pieces and routines with grade school girls from the dance camp scheduled for that morning.
Though the season had many challenges, the team pulled through and stayed determined throughout their long practices and hard work. “Every time we had a performance or competition coming up, the girls always pulled through and far exceeded my expectations for them! It’s great to have a team that can always pull it together and put on great performances!” said coach Krista De Bruin.
Coach De Bruin’s first year as Shine Drill Team coach has proven successful, with awards from the state competition earlier this winter. “I loved seeing the dancers perform out on the competition floor and see all the hard work they put in from this season pay off. And of course the award ceremony topped it all off. I loved that the dancers were rewarded for how hard they worked all season,” she said.
Other team members expressed their satisfaction with the season and memories that were shared throughout it. “Our seasons have had ups and downs,” said senior Natalie Montgomery, “but in the end, we always found ourselves standing in front of the crowd, smiling ear to ear, butterflies in our stomachs, and our heads held up high.”
Not only did the team grow in their dancing, but also their friendships with one another. “I feel like I’m closer to everybody (this season),” said sophomore Kitty Gu. “The coach challenged me more this year.”
The girls worked together continuously to achieve their goals to bring the team to new heights. “I saw a lot of strengths this season as a team and also individually. Everyone brings a different strength to the team,” said sophomore Taryn Hugen.