SSDT: Upcoming Season

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul.” -Martha Graham

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SSDT: Upcoming Season

Dance Team State Title photo

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It’s that time of year again: dance season. Every year dancers and the Sartell student body look forward to watching the dance team compete and crush it at state. Before the Sartell Sabre Dance Team’s first show on November 17th, I decided to interview two prominent dancers at Sartell High, Emma Gent, and Taylor Pearson, to get a good look at their upcoming season.

Kelly McCarney
Sartell Seniors

Q. What are you looking forward to most this season?

Emma Gent: Getting closer with the team and performing with them.

Q. When is your first dance show?

Emma Gent: This upcoming Saturday, November 17th.

Q. How have your coaches influenced you?

Emma Gent: They really help you focus when you get nervous.

Q. Why do you want a spot on this team?

Emma Gent: I like dancing with my close friends.

Jon Pearson
Dance Team at State

Q. Which style of dance do you think is your strongest and why?

Emma Gent: Kick because it’s easy for me to be tight.

Q. What three characteristics do you feel are most important for dancers to possess?

Emma Gent: Passion, focus, and determination.

Q. Do you have any rituals you do before a dance show?

Emma Gent: We pray and then hit a poster for good luck.

Q. How do you improve during the offseason?

Emma Gent: We have summer camps that we go to as a team.

Jon Pearson
Celebrating at state

Q. What inspires you to dance?

Emma Gent: My sister danced when she was in high school.

Q. If you could give any advice to young aspiring dancers, what would it be?

Emma Gent: Just to keep trying and do the best you can no matter what.

 

Q. What are you looking forward to most this season?

Taylor Pearson: I am looking forward to continuing to grow as a dancer and making my senior year of dance the best.

Jon Pearson
Dance Team at state

Q. When is your first dance show?

Taylor Pearson: November 17th, 2018 12 PM.

Q. How have your coaches influenced you?

Taylor Pearson: My coaches have taught me that you get what you give and how to win and lose while being humble at the same time.

Q. Why do you want a spot on this team?

Taylor Pearson: I really enjoyed dancing with my friends.

Q. Which style of dance do you think is your strongest and why?

Taylor Pearson: I think kick is because I cannot turn and that is basically the fundamental of jazz.

Jon Pearson
Dance Team cheering at state

Q. What three characteristics do you feel are most important for dancers to possess?

Taylor Pearson: Perseverance, Grit, and Passion.

Q. Do you have any rituals you do before a dance show?

Taylor Pearson: Yes, we do a team prayer before going on the floor and also hit a poster that says “Dance Like a Champion.”

Q. How do you improve during the offseason?

Taylor Pearson: I continually stretch and do cardio pushing myself a little more than the previous day. I work out even on days we don’t have practice.

Heidi Reitz
Dance Team Kick routine

Q. What inspires you to dance?

Taylor Pearson: Dance is a way for me to get away from everything else. When I am dancing I don’t think about anything other than dance. It is an escape from reality. I also love to perform and it makes me happy in a way nothing else does.

Q. If you could give any advice to young aspiring dancers, what would it be?

Taylor Pearson: Never settle. Keep working to be your best self each day. Whether it is moving a finger one inch closer to the person next to you or something larger like flexibility, there is always something to be worked on.

To follow the Sartell Dance Team this season, look for more updates on these links:

Meet the Sartell Dance Team

Sartell Dance Team Twitter

Sartell Sabre Dance Team Instagram

Sartell Sabre Dance Team Website

 

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