Dancing back into competition

The dance team practices their jumps. Photo by Olivia Browder ‘15

The dance team practices their jumps.
Photo by Olivia Browder ‘15

The dance team poses for a group picture. Photo by Olivia Browder ‘15

The dance team poses for a group picture.
Photo by Olivia Browder ‘15

The dance team is seen practicing in the school. Photo by Olivia Browder ‘15

The dance team is seen practicing in the school.
Photo by Olivia Browder ‘15

Olivia Browder ‘15

News Editor

This season for the dance team at L’Anse Creuse North almost didn’t happen. There was a period of time where the girls did not have a coach. Fortunately for the team a coach was found, and they were able to continue doing what they love.

Bree Cetnar stepped up as the team’s coach, and she seems to be the perfect fit. Since it is Cetnar’s first year coaching at LCN, she had to start from scratch with the team. Starting fresh with a new team can be difficult because at first, Cetnar didn’t know the girls personally, or know their skills, but she seems to have adjusted well and is ready for a successful dance season.

“I love our coach. She is very funny, outgoing, and makes everyone feel welcome like we are one big family,” said Hannah Szymanski ’18.

Jaycie Ludwig ’15 said, “Our coach is really nice. We all like her and are glad to have a good coach, finally.”

Cetnar was not the only

one who had to adjust to a new team. There are currently two freshmen on the Varsity Dance Team. Being a freshman on a varsity level-team can be intimidating and scary, but the girls on the team don’t feel that way.

“Dance team is really inviting and fun,” said one of the two freshmen, Nicole Dziekan ’18.

Team members put a lot of hard work and dedication into their sport; they practice two days a week, Mondays and Fridays. Each practice is two hours long. After being together for so many hours outside of school, the girls have formed a bond.

“We are really close and we mess around a lot and we all just kind of deal with it,” said Grace O’Ray ’17.

The dance team has two seasons: football and basketball. Football is when they perform during halftime at the Friday night football games. Basketball season has two parts: dancing during halftime at the basketball games, and competing against other schools. Since football season is over, the team’s main focus is on competitions. The girls have set team goals and individual goals to have a successful season.

“I would like to at least place in the competition, hopefully in the top 10. There are 25 competing teams,” said Coach Cetnar.

The dance team’s first competition is at Royal Oak High School. They compete against schools all over southeast Michigan, like Dakota, Utica, Eisenhower, Stoney Creek, and more. There are not any competitions held at LCN, because teams can’t compete at their own school.

To have a successful competitive season, the girls have also set individual goals. By the end of the season, each member hopes to have accomplished her goals and improved her skills.

“My goal for this season is to do my best and give as much as I can to the team,” said Dziekan.

In order to achieve these goals, each teammate has to perform to her best ability and practice hard.

“For this season, I want to be able to turn better and work on my left side,” said O’Ray.

Dancing isn’t always what the girls are thinking about, they also have a social and academic life to keep up with.

“The most difficult thing for me is trying to manage dance and my school work,” said Taylor Raleigh ’17.

Besides the stress and challenge of being on the Dance Team, there are positives to look forward to as well.

“Something I am looking forward to this season is making new friends,” said Raleigh.

As their first competition approaches, the girls are prepared to show off their talent. The Varsity Dance Team competes on January 4 at Royal Oak High School. Come see what they have in store for this season!