Sammy Kedziora – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- State competition is just around the corner for the Silver Stars dance team. After placing first with their Pom routine – a high-energy dance with many sharp movements and formation changes – this past summer at United Dance Associations (UDA’s) Summer Dance Camp, the girls are determined to place well at states and beyond.

The team will compete at UDA’s Florida Dance Championships for the first time ever on January 15, 2018 in Orlando.

They will compete the same Pom routine from UDA Camp, along with a Jazz routine – a smoother, more fluid, and emotional style of dance – that they recently learned. The Silver Stars have been practicing about seven to nine hours a week along with performing at LRHS basketball half-time shows.

The competition will host other high school and middle school dance teams and will be held at the same facility that NDTC nationals are held each year. This way, the teams have the opportunity to practice performing on stage before NDTC nationals in early February.

Coach Kourtney Kalahar said, “I’m looking forward to the team getting the chance to dance and perform on the same stage as they will be for nationals, not all the teams get that kind of opportunity. I’m also hoping it will not only benefit us but also motivate us for nationals this February.”

Senior and Silver Stars Officer, Jamie Newby, said, “I’m really looking forward to states because we get to watch some of the other teams’ routines and practice performing on the nationals stage.”

Ranch Reflection – First competition experience

Ranch Reflections are articles written by students who want to share their experiences, thoughts, and concerns. This is a great opportunity for students to branch out beyond traditional news stories.

Maddie Mercer – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – This upcoming Monday I will be going to my very first state competition with the LRHS Silver Stars dance team.

I am both excited and nervous for states and I’m thankful I have such a great team to go with.  I’m excited to be able to be on stage with all of my friends, but I’m also nervous to see if we place or not.

Last year we only went to nationals, not states, so I do feel more comfortable this year about going to states.  It will help better prepare us for nationals.

I am hoping that we will place at states because that will give us that much more motivation to win at nationals. We have really been pushing ourselves hard this year, so I really hope that all the hard work pays off.

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