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Dance team 'kicks' off a new season

posted Nov 3, 2019, 9:35 AM by Andrew Tichy
By: Stacia LaVallie 
Sports Reporter

The Moorhead Varsity dance team has been working hard to kick off this season. In the off season, they lift weights and work hard in the weight room here at Moorhead High School, according to Kaela Wichmann and Taylor Foss. 

Up to the season, they as a team work on exercises made to keep them ready to go. Over the summer, you can catch the team at dance camps and doing workouts as a team. They have plenty of stamina and are very fit at all times, just so they can be as amazing as their dances. 

Backstage, they are just as close as they seem during performances. They are “very supportive of each other,” as Wichmann says. Among the dancers, you can often see them together in the halls. “The team is very close because we have all been dancing together for years,” Foss also pointed out. 

The team lost several dancers when they graduated last year, which can seem unfortunate, but they also welcomed some new high schoolers. Things “feel pretty different” as Wichmann said, but it sounds like they will bounce back to as great as they were last year. “There are no major differences from last year except for people joining and quitting,” Foss said.

“Moorhead’s dance team is definitely strong,” Kaela said about the strength of how well the team does at competitions. 

“I feel that our team is stronger than last year because we have people that have been on Varsity for multiple years on the same team,” said Foss. 

Which their first one is right after Thanksgiving, so they have just started to prepare for that. 

Each individual prepares for a competition differently, and they all have their own skills to work on to improve. Kaela makes sure she packs her suitcases but more importantly she prepares mentally, so that she can do her best for her team. While Taylor tries to learn and perfect the routines as well as she can, which contributes to how well the team does. 

At practices, they work on strength and conditioning like any team does. Weights, running, anything they can do to stay in good shape. They stretch to be more flexible. As well as working on the routines you see in the performances, they work hard to make them look as good as they do. They work on Jazz routines and kick routines, Foss said. They do the routines on repeat, so they can work on every move. 

The head coach is Denetre Stetz, and there are a few assistant coaches. According to Taylor, they are “fun to be coached by,” and are “relatable.” Kaela said, “They’re strict when they need to be but are really fun to be around.” 

The team is really excited for the season to start overall. “Everyone is really excited that the season has started and we all can’t wait to start competing.” Foss said. The team is “definitely” thrilled that the dance team has started practicing, according to Wichmann. The dance team is fired up and ready to go.