The Dancing Woodmen
By Journalism 1 students: Katrina Stanger, Ethan Dyer, Lexie Beckett, and Fynn Moore
Even though the GHS dance team does not compete, they will always be an important part of the Woodmen Athletics family.
The dance team performs dances during halftime at games and pep rallies. They spend time during the week learning the choreography and interacting with the members of the team.
“We practice twice a week, normally on Mondays and Thursdays. For most of our dances, we have someone come in and choreograph, and they pick the song. When we do special dances where we make them up, the team usually gets to choose the song as long as it’s approved by our coach,” junior Dayna Feller said.
Participating on the dance team is one of the many ways for students to get involved in school activities. It teaches teamwork and commitment but in an enjoyable way.
“The games were the most fun part of dance team because we would have snacks like cotton candy or fruit. Then we would get to perform for everyone and show what we’d been working on,” sophomore Joni Brummett said.
Although they do not compete, being on the dance team comes with some challenges. Because there are many talented dancers on the team, they can have some contradicting ideas.
“I think the hardest part about dance team is sometimes just agreeing, like when we go to make up a dance there are sometimes multiple ideas mentioned and we all have to agree. But in the end, it brings us closer as a team,” Feller said.
Although participating on the dance team requires some sweat, frustration, and occasional tears, laughing and having a good time can also be included in the experience.
“The funniest thing that happened was last season. During a game, we walked out on the floor, but the team kept playing, so half of the dance team was still dancing while the other half were running off the court,” junior Morgan Eastling said.
The dance team creates and performs many special dances to entertain the crowds. This allows the members to be creative and bond as a team.
“Because dance team doesn’t compete, we have time to choreograph cool things like the boys dance, the Christmas dance, and the senior dance,” sophomore Abby Jones said.
The dancers perform a boys dance each year, as a tradition at GHS.
“It’s for one of the games, during halftime, we have junior and senior boys volunteer and come in to learn our piece with us. It’s actually really funny because they do really bad,” Jones said.
Most of the members agree that the best part of dance team is making new friends.
“The best part of dance has been me being able to make such good friendships with the girls. Some I now call my bestfriends,” Jones said.
Despite the difficulty of learning and correctly interpreting the choreography, the members finish the dances without missing a beat almost every time.
“When the music plays, the dance moves become part of the song. The words become counts, and it’s hard to forget the dance. If the song is played, I could still remember a dance from my elementary years,” Eastling said.
The team puts in a lot of hard work and dedication. They have to memorize multiple difficult dances throughout the year.
“The hardest part was the commitment. I am already a part of a competitive dance team that takes up a lot of my time. Adding on at least two practices a week, games every Friday night, and some Saturday games made my schedule very busy,” Brummett said.
Even though dance is not the most common sport, the girls approach it as serious an any other athlete would. It is an important part of their lives.
“This sounds cliche, but dancing helps you express yourself in ways words can’t. Weeks of effort, sweat, soreness, and tears are put together to show people a two minute dance that you are so passionate about. I’ve danced eight years and, I’ve never lost the love I’ve created with dancing. When I dance, that is the best version of myself. I could never top the feeling it gives me,” Eastling said.