Dance Team Reflects on Competition Season

Dancers still find light in season despite disappointing seasons end.

The dance team preforms during the half time of the boys basketball game on January 20.

JR Johnson

The dance team preforms during the half time of the boys basketball game on January 20.

After placing 9th at sectionals back in January, the dance team’s season did not end the way they wanted. After a bit of time to reflect, some of the dancers still have a positive outlook on the year as a whole and hope to keep improving going into next season.

Just like they have in seasons past, the Sequoits continued to stay competitive throughout the whole season, despite the difficult conference change. At the beginning of the competition season, Antioch scored in the low 80’s. The team’s scores climbed as the season went on, improving by a consistent two to three points every week. The team peaked with a score of 89.3, placing 2nd at conference, the week before sectionals.

Dance team Co-Captain, senior Brooke Menzies noticed as the season continued to progress that she saw major improvements in the team’s skill, technique and execution. What she was most proud of was the improvement in the character of the teams dance. At the beginning of the season, they had a hard time finding what emotions they should include in the dance and display on their faces. At the end of the season everything came natural. Even though the season didn’t end with the team going to state, Menzies is still proud of everything the team accomplished.

“There has never been a time in the season where I’ve seen our team give up completely,” Menzies said. “Even that last week before sectionals, yes, there were some bumps in the road, and yes there were some changes we had to make, but the girls and the team never stopped working and fighting to try to make it to state. In the end it didn’t work, but we were proud of what we put out on the floor.”

Next year, Menzies believes that the team will be even more successful. The team has the skill behind them, but she said they need to stick together, and find emotion behind the way the way dance.

“I hope they never give up and never stop fighting, don’t turn on each, stay together, stick together and support each other, because that’s the only way they are going to make it in the end,” Menzies said.