By Staff Writer Ethan Acevedo
Graphics by Marthin Mandig
On Dec. 8, Timberline’s dance team hosted their first home competition under the leadership of dance coach Colette Hudson. The dance team danced hip-hop, pom, and jazz styles head-to-head against high schools such as North Thurston, River Ridge, Sumner, Tumwater, Yelm, Black Hills, and Olympia. The competition also included Tumwater Parks and Rec’s teams and the Griffin Middle School pom team.
The pom team put in hours of work to start off the competition with a bang. “We’ve been having four hour practices back to back to back… we kind of have been straining ourselves, but it’s anything for the competition,” said senior and dance team co-captain Alannah Smith. This mentality carries over to many members of the team who put the utmost precedence towards the execution of their routines. “We’ve prepared a lot for this [competition]… because we’re hosting it… it took a lot of preparation,” said senior and co-captain of the dance team Brenna Robinson.
Having this competition on home turf prompted much more stress from Timberline’s team than any other competition. “It’s because we’re opening and we’re hosting, so we have to look good in front of the [other] teams and look good in front of the judges as well,” said Smith. “It is a lot more pressure.” The home attendance also brought in more added stress. “Especially because this is our school, our teachers are here, and our friends are here, so it’s a lot more pressure when you’re performing in front of people you know,” added Robinson.
The team proved that they can still perform under this pressure by securing second place for their pom routine and first place for their hip-hop routine. “There may have been some hiccups here and there, but I’m proud that we pushed through,” said Smith. Two members of the pom squad that helped secure the second place position were Kylie Rodgers and Madison Stoll. “I think we did pretty good considering we had a lot of changes at the last minute,” said Rodgers. “I injured my leg which made me a little hesitant to do [the routine], but I kinda just went for it,” said Stoll. Even with obstacles such as last minute changes, injury, and the pressure of being the competition’s home team, Timberline’s dance team still swooped in and picked up top three spots in both their hip-hop and pom routines.