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featureThe music is always booming from the dance room and although everyone knows when the dance team is practicing, no one knows what happens behind the scenes of all of the entertainment. The noises of landing leaps and counting steps is clear from the hall. South’s Dance Team come out to get drinks but quickly go back in so they can get back to work on perfecting every step.

Dance team works at practise every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday all year. This year they got a new coach, Mandy Pruitt, and formed a new Dance Team to help with boost them to the next level. Not only has the team been working on improving their moves but also making their bond as a team stronger.

Ryann Smith, captain and senior, said, “In a lot of ways we are closer as a team, we work together more. We wanted to be more than a team. We are more like a family this year.”

Smith went on to say that they get to go to Nationals this year in Orlando, Fla. Nationals is a huge deal to the Dance Team and they have been working extra hard to bring home a prize. Nationals is also a very expensive task, ranging for about $1,000 per girl. There are 13 girls on the Southside Girls so they have been raising money all year by selling calendars and doing lots of car washes.

Smith said, “This is my last year on Dance Team and the first year we have gone to Nationals. Although it’s expensive, the experience you get out of it is so much more worth it.”

This year is different because they are going to Nationals but also the way they practise has improved.

Maddie Putnam, other captain and senior, said, “The ambition of our teams is different this year. We have never been this driven.”

Putnam also said that they work as hard as they can, every day, so that way in the long run they improve miles when Nationals comes around. She said that they dance with so much more passion and love for dance than ever before.

Dance team also got their new coach, Coach Pruitt, this year. This could potentially have a negative or positive impact on the team. A new coach means a whole new way of running things that they aren’t used to.

Hannah Winkler, sophomore on dance team, said, “Her love for coaching is what I love about her. She is so optimistic and believes in us even more than we do.”

Not only is it clear on the improvement to the dancers, but the audience members have also noticed.

Lauren Luton, sophomore, said that the Dance team has done cooler tricks this and their technique has improved tremendously. Also, their sidelines at games grab the audience’s attention and really win the audience over.

Another bystander Sebastian Armendariz, junior, said, “Their choreography has improved and it flows better with the dance this year. You can tell they work so much harder.”

The mumbled noises from the dance room haven’t changed over the years. The music is still pumping, the counts are still clear and crisp, and the footwork is still loud and persistent. But what goes inside the two wooden doors has changed. Blood, sweat, and passion go into every movement they do to make sure that they are ready for the year to come.

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